And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for your a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” (Genesis 45:5-7)

Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, but God used his situation to reveal that He can do mighty things, in spite of human intent. God’s purposes can be accomplished despite human sin. Joseph’s brothers jealously sought to punish him. God used their actions to prepare Joseph for deliverance of his people in famine. Joseph being thrown into prison setting made it possible for him to come to the attention of Pharaoh’s attention, and then led to promotion and finally to high ranking position. His wisdom had prepared for the famine and there was a surplus to share with others, including his brothers.


Precious Abba, we never know if you place a call for us to do something only one time, or a series of events, that will accomplish you purposes for His people. Let us kneel before our Creator and praise His holy name and do so with joy in our hearts and minds. It is in His Name we pray. Amen


Shine—-don’t whine.”


Absalom and all the men of Israel said, ‘The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahitphophel.’ For the Lord had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahitphophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom.” (2nd Samuel 17:14)

God works through the most complex human conspiracies to accomplish His purposes. He can lead people to disregard the best human advice and thus do that which brings about His will. Human opinion may see only human stupidity at work, while “faith” sees God’s rule of history.


Furthermore, have I come to attack and destroy this place without word from the Lord? The Lord himself told me to march against this country and destroy it.” (2nd Kings 18:25)

Assyria claimed revelation from Israel’s God as the basis for calling Hezekiah to surrender. God does not honor false religious claims. He turns such evil human intentions to fulfill His own will.


Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.” (Galatians 3:7)

God’s intentions have always been to justify all who would have faith. The history of Israel is the history of God seeking to fulfill this intention. God’s intentions do not change through history. Our understanding of His intentions does change.

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