Daily Worship

The Rhythm of Rebellion

March 02, 2018 0
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Genesis 45: 1-5

1 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Send everyone away from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence.

4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.

The story of Joseph is full of intrigue, jealousy, pride and rebellion. A rebellious arrogant teenager eventually becomes the key player in fulfilling God’s purposes. In this story we learn that no one is beyond redemption. 

Take another look at the arrogant and confident streak in the teenager who continually winds you up. One day God could use that arrogance and confidence to fulfil his plans. It’s all about understanding how God changes a heart without completely dismantling a personality. It is God’s work of grace over many years bringing changes into a person’s life  so that their past flaws and failures become the great assets in bringing about good in the world.

 

Lord

Tears in my eyes this morning

For a moment 

I saw beyond my anger and frustration

I saw what you saw

I’m humbled

I’m off my high horse

I’ll see things 

Differently 

From now on.

Flaws and failures

Can eventually become assets?

Lord 

You’re an uncanny banker

You give redemption a new meaning

You see diamonds

In the rough

In miry clay

On the soles of shoes.

You turn rebels 

Into redeemers

Amazing!

Totally amazing.

Lent Legacy 2021 Action

Day Fifteen

Hold the door open for someone.

Alternative - open the door of reconciliation to someone who you have fallen out with.