DAILY REFLECTION: God brings Good out of Evil – Saturday 5th January 2019

Saturday 5th January 2019

Theme: God brings Good out of Evil

Texts: Gen. 15:13-16,
13. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14. And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

Genesis 45:4-8
4. And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. 5. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. 6. For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. 7. And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

MESSAGE
God does not operate by luck or chance. He knows the end of everything from the beginning. The Lord knows all things about the past, the present and the future. As far back as when He called Abram, the Lord knew that his descendants would go and later be in captivity in Egypt and had pre-planned how they would be delivered. (Gen. 15:13-16)

God also knew that there would be famine in the land of Canaan where His people dwelt, in the land of Egypt and it’s environs, and Joseph being sold into slavery to Egypt by his siblings. Unknown to them again was part of God’s plan to install him as their leader. The siblings thought that they had scuttle that plan of God by selling him into slavery, but alas, it was the Lord’s purpose in progress. (Gen. 45:4-8). God is not a joker as some thinks. God is real, all-wise and all powerful. St. Paul said of God’s wisdom thus, “where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has God not made foolish the wisdom of the world..? For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength” (Gen. 1:20, 25).

The thing with God is that even when Satan or people are acting in very evil and wicked ways as if they will truncate God’s plan, right from within the bad situation emerges gold. Some orphans , some adopted children and some so-called ‘illegitimate children’ came out as most brilliant people among Christian, political and business leaders, far more than some of ‘noble birth.’ It is a marvel that Rahab the harlot, and David the adulterer, form essential part of Jesus genealogy. (Matt. 1:2-17)

Far above any other consideration, in Christ Jesus the circumstances of your birth or the situation you are in at the moment does not matter. What matters is that through the grace of God we have been saved, reborn and recreated in Christ Jesus for every good work (Eph. 2:8-10). Just be open and surrender to Jesus Christ and have your identity in Him and surely the best will come out of you.

HYMN EMHB 28
1: ALL creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice with us and sing:
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam:

O praise Him, o praise Him, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

2: Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise Him, Alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice:

3: Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest man both warmth and light:

4: Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise Him, Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them His glory also show:

5: And all ye men of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye, Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your Care:

6: And thou, most kind and gentle death,
Waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise Him, Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
And Christ our Lord the way He hath trod:

7: Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him, Alleluia!
Praise, praise, the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One:

MEMORY VERSE
Gen. 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives”

PRAYER
According to Your Word, mighty and Everlasting God, let everything work out for my good, for I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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