June 02, 2017
Read: Genesis 42:1-38
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Scripture- Genesis 42:1-2 "When Jacob heard that grain was available in Egypt, he said to his sons, "Why are you standing around looking at one another? 2 I have heard there is grain in Egypt. Go down there, and buy enough grain to keep us alive. Otherwise we'll die."
Observations- The story of Joseph is one of the most dramatic portions of the Old Testament. It involves envy, betrayal, defamations, manipulations, slavery, sexual harassment, imprisonment, hate, grief… the world hasn´t changed much, right? Or we may even say… talking about a dysfunctional family!
Application- But let´s do not fall into the negativity trap and move on to the amazing contrasts this story offers. Even though it involves all kinds of negative attitudes, that´s not what it is all about. The story of Joseph is about three big virtues… INTEGRITY, RESILIENCE and last but not least, FORGIVENESS. Yes, we all live in a broken world and somehow have dysfunctional families, but through Jesus Christ we know that there is more to our story. It´s up to us to decide what will make the headlines of our every day's news. It´s up to us to decide how we will respond to such brokenness. We could either be like Joseph brothers… "standing around looking at one another" or go out and live out the virtues of the Gospel, overcoming manipulations with integrity, betrayal with resilience and hate with forgiveness.
Prayer- Dear Lord, give us wisdom and determination. Help us not be defeated by evil, but defeat evil with the virtues that we find in your Grace and Love. In your mighty Name we pray, AMEN!