February 3, Saturday

Devotional Thoughts for This Morning

“Trusting the One Who Writes the Story”

Genesis 42:28

He said to his brothers, “My money has been put back; here it is in the mouth of my sack!” At this their hearts failed them, and they turned trembling to one another, saying, “What is this that God has done to us?”

In 1967, Joni Eareckson Tada suffered an accident that left her as a paraplegic. She was only seventeen years old at the time. Her condition left her depressed and angry; however, she came to believe that God could use her disability for His glory. In the last fifty years, she has spoken, written books, and created international ministries. Taking stock of how God’s grace has allowed her to taste grace and minister to others, she can say, “It’s why I thank God every day for my wheelchair.”

Often, when our circumstances take a turn for the worst, it can be very easy to despair, just like Joseph’s brothers. Why has God allowed something strange and ominous to happen to us? We might even wonder if God has forsaken or turned against us; there is no clear picture for how today’s trials could become part of something good. What Joseph’s brothers could not see was that their hearts were being tested, and this temporary circumstance was a necessary step towards their own redemption and eventual reconciliation with Joseph.

Without knowing the end of the story, we can find ourselves ready to lose hope. It is hard to trust that things may work out or that God’s intentions are good. All we can see is the disappointment and the trial; the prospect of future glory or a joyful ending seems out of our grasp.

If you are caught in difficult times today, be encouraged to not give up hope and put your trust in the goodness of our God. Though the road may be mysterious and strange, we believe that He is purposeful and will not waste our experiences; rather, He will redeem them. Let us hold onto our hope that God is near and with us.

Can any of us see to the end? No, but we can see and know the One who does. May we be strengthened as we see Him with knowledge that He loves us and will persevere with us to the end. If He Himself perished for the purpose of drawing us close and making us one with Him (Romans 8:32), He will surely not let go of us in the meantime.

Prayer: Lord, we know that You hold the world in Your hands and that You hold onto us. Flood out the fears from our hearts and give us the courage to trust You. Help us to see that You are good. Please give us Your joy and Your strength as You have Your way in our lives! Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Numbers 22-23

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