Let your grace and mercy grow until others can see the fingerprints of God on your life.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 119: 97 Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long. 98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide. 99 Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your laws. 100 I am even wiser than my elders, for I have kept your commandments. 101 I have refused to walk on any evil path, so that I may remain obedient to your word. 102 I haven't turned away from your regulations, for you have taught me well. 103 How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.
Read - Genesis 49-50 -
Jacob blesses all the rest of his sons. He chastises their negatives and praises their positives and gives us a vision of their future use in God’s Kingdom. Note that Judah is given a prophetic word that could scarcely be understood then as being ‘Messianic’ …but we now see that this ‘Scepter’ was a glimpse of the coming of Jesus from his family line. Find comfort in the plans of God that were from before all of Creation and were for your salvation from the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
Genesis 50:20 is a fabulous memory verse: 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. 21 No, don't be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children." It shows the grace given to Joseph by God to extend to his brothers. May we learn from this example!
Lord, show me how to love and forgive like you do and allow me to look at others through what You have planned for them.
Read Revelation 5:5 to hear the other end of the prophetic promise given to Judah’s family.
Understanding God’s plan is good even when it feels like it brings us harm is a work of the ‘Morphing of the Holy Spirit’ and a work of ‘Knowing God’ in a way that is more than just words.