Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


Genesis 42:36 (NIV)
   Their father Jacob said to them, "You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!"    

Father I can hardly imagine a more depressing, debilitating, and discouraging statement than that uttered by Jacob in this agonizing and hopeless response to his sons: “Everything is against me!"

And yet Father, nothing could be further from the truth, which goes to show that our perceptions of reality though convincing to us are not conclusive to you. Father you remind us: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 
Isaiah 55:8 (NLT)

So Father what Jacob saw as opposition You saw as opportunity. What he felt was hopeless You knew was hopeful. What he determined to be hindrance You determined to be help. What he considered as the potential end of his family 
You planned for the nurture of a nation.

Father we marvel at the mystery and majesty of Your ways and we join in praise of You with the Apostle Paul: “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Romans 11:33 (NIV)


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1 comment:

  1. So thankful that even in the midst of the bad times and trials and testing, God knows....Psalm 139:1 tells us that He has searched our hearts and He KNOWS!


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