Monday, August 20, 2018

Genesis 37:33-35a NIV 2011

He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.”

Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. All his sons and daughters came to comfort him but he refused to be comforted.

 

Joseph’s brother’s jealousy led them to their evil plot to kill him. Genesis 37:20, “Come now, let’s kill him…” Rueben convinced them to throw him into a cistern. When Reuben left, they sold him to Ishmaelites traveling to Egypt. Joseph’s coat was returned to Jacob covered in goat’s blood. Jacob’s immediate reaction was to tear his clothes emerging in sackcloth to mourn Joseph’s death. Genesis 46: 30, “Israel said to Joseph, ‘Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive.’” God can bring good from seemingly hopeless situations.

 

Discovering a dear friend was diagnosed with a brain tumor, I dropped what I was doing and the two of us drove to the hospital. Being out of touch for years didn’t keep me from being there. An inoperable tumor led her to a care facility not too far from us. I spent days reading My Utmost for His Highest as well as God’s Word. We connected and enjoyed time together. The Lord granted me the rare privilege of walking beside her into eternity.

 

Where have you seen “good” in hopeless situations?

 

Daily God is good,

S

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