March 3, Saturday

Today’s AMI QT Devotional is provided by Pastor Peter Yoon.

 

Devotional Thought for Today

Genesis 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.

Do you like jigsaw puzzles?

My wife sometimes gets in the mood for jigsaw puzzles, so we’ll get out a 500 or a 1000 pieces puzzle set and get to work putting the picture together. You can spend hours or even days putting the puzzle together, depending on the picture. I’ve asked people their opinions on puzzles; while some feel that it is a total waste of valuable time, others enjoy the satisfaction of finding the matching pieces as they rummage through hundreds of pieces searching for that match. Our family enjoys jigsaw puzzles as our children also get involved.

As we diligently work on the puzzle, our second son will ask over and over again if he can see the cover of the box. He wants to see the final picture—sort of the answer key—to see where the random piece he’s holding fits within the bigger picture. Each time he gets a new puzzle piece, he will ask to see the cover of the box—it actually gets a bit annoying, since he asks so often.

In this well-known passage from Genesis, we are seeing the final picture of what God had already seen for years. When the brothers had sold Joseph into slavery, he had no idea where this was all heading. But Joseph worked hard for Potiphar, only to be betrayed by his wife and Joseph found himself in prison. There he interpreted dreams of two servants for Pharaoh, hoping he will be shown favor; yet, he remained forgotten until Pharaoh himself had a dream.

Joseph must have been confused about his life, wondering where any of his life’s experiences fit within the grand picture. Yet, piece by piece, the pieces of his life were being put together. There was a picture that God already had in mind, and that picture was God’s goodness for Jacob’s family to be spared during a harsh famine. (Of course, we discover further in OT that God was building a nation from Jacob’s family within the safety of Egyptian empire.)

Our God sees the cover of the box. He has a final picture in mind. It is actually given to us in Revelation 21-22. All of creation is moving towards the New Heaven and the New Earth. That picture is the cover picture of the jigsaw puzzle. The experiences we live through in life might at times feel random. In fact, it’s difficult to figure out just where it belongs in the bigger picture. It was confusing for Joseph, since what his brothers did to him was truly evil. However, God saw a good and complete picture that would be displayed at the end.

Brothers and sisters, although some of our life experiences may seem random, confusing, and painful, let us trust that our good God already has the final picture in mind. One day, we can see how none of our days were wasted but meant for God’s good purposes.

Prayer: Lord, help me to fear You and honor You. Allow me to live a life of integrity that goes beyond the minimum requirements. Please reveal Your glory in my life more fully, so that I will respond with honor to You.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Joshua 18-19

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