This morning as I read through the story of Joseph, a Biblical hero of mine, I was struck again by the intense pursuit of God’s love and his sovereign plans; plans that neither man nor institution can thwart. A love demonstrated so vividly by Christ, as captured by John. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13 NIV). “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” (I Jn. 4:9 NIV).
The Joseph story, a pearl tucked away in Genesis, repeatedly reveals how God unfolds His sovereign will. The story is foremost about Joseph, but as well, continues to fulfill the promises to Abraham. Even in the betrayal of Joseph we see mention of both Isaac and Ishmael. As well, Joseph’s brothers, though worthy of death, will eventually hear from a loving brother, “Even though you planned evil against me, God planned good to come out of it. This was to keep many people alive, as he is doing now.” (Gen. 50:20 Good News Translation). One of those brothers was even named Judah, from the Hebrew word Yehudah, the Greek word is Judas! Can you hear the New Story, the good news, already being foretold in History?
Yes, God is at work today, as the very ancestry and the nations these men populated play out a drama in the Middle East that is most improbable, but so fits the story line of the Bible. It takes great effort to deny the sovereign hand of God, both moving this world toward redemption while guarding His plan against the many that walk in blindness; those who if left alone, would destroy humanity!
As one journeys with God over time, that same fierce love is revealed personally. How many times He has intervened in my life, as He did with Joseph from pit to prison to palace. Though none of those exact places have been a part of my journey, there have been moments that resembled each: moments of betrayal, moments of relative opulence, and victories in leadership well beyond my personal capacity. He has a destiny for my life and for yours!
God has always taken me into waters well over my head; always covered for my failures; and repeatedly rewarded my life with moments of success. I am grateful beyond words for His fierce love, this Lion of Judah!