February 4, Sunday

Devotional Thoughts for This Morning

“Change is Possible!”

Genesis 42:33-38

Then the man, the lord of the land, said to us, ‘By this I shall know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me, and take grain for the famine of your households, and go your way. 34 Bring your youngest brother to me. Then I shall know that you are not spies but honest men, and I will deliver your brother to you, and you shall trade in the land.’” 35 As they emptied their sacks, behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack. And when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were afraid. 36 And Jacob their father said to them, “You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and now you would take Benjamin. All this has come against me.” 37 Then Reuben said to his father, “Kill my two sons if I do not bring him back to you. Put him in my hands, and I will bring him back to you.”

One of the most interesting lessons I had in elementary school was about metamorphosis. Every single classroom in my grade level adopted a house of caterpillars. We would watch the caterpillars wriggle about, eat plants, and even begin to create cocoons. What was incredible was that, one day, butterflies emerged. It was hard to believe that once they had been fat caterpillars!

The Bible is full of similarly fascinating stories of redemption and transformation. These brothers of Joseph once sold their brother into slavery and covered up their treachery; now, they have committed themselves to bringing back Simeon. They could have backed out in cowardice after arriving safely home with grain and silver; however, they are resolved to take the journey back to Egypt. How God has shaped them: men who profited off one another are now willing to put their lives on the line for one another!

If you are a believer, have you paused recently to take note of how God has changed you? Let us take time to think about who we were when we first received His grace, and consider how God has changed us along the way. Our personal transformation gives us sure evidence that God is miraculously at work in us. This fuels our hope that God will continue to mold us on our way to Heaven.

Today, as we draw near to worship Him, let’s marvel at the change He has worked in us. Let’s thank Him for giving us new hearts that want to honor Him, and thank Him in advance for how He will continue to work in us! Our past no longer dictates who we will become in the future, and in Christ, we can expect that we will not stay the same. We can rejoice that, by His power, He works miraculous things to make us more like Him!

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your grace in our lives, that You accept us as we are but never leave us in our current state. Give us eyes to see Your patient and miraculous work in us, and give us faith that no quality of ours is too hard for You to mold.  Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Numbers 24

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