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Day Five: Kindness…The Story of God and Joseph – “God’s Fingerprints”

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Far from causing Joseph to forget his past the kindness of God redeemed Joseph’s past. Far from causing Joseph to forget his family, the kindness of God redeemed Joseph’s family. Later in his life, Joseph makes this even more clear to his brothers when he says this:

Joseph said to (his brothers), “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them” (Genesis 50:19-21).

All of Joseph’s life had been in God’s hands and no-one else’s. His life had never been in his brothers’ hands. His life had never been in his slave-masters hands. His life had never been in the jailors hands. Even in the unkind things that his people did to harm him, God’s kindness was able to overrule them all, and in the end, to redeem them. The story of Joseph’s life was not that he was a victim of the harm others did to him. The story of his live was of the overwhelming victory of God’s kindness that redeemed every part of his life..

Read aloud (if you can) this passage from Ephesians 2:4-10:

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork (workmanship, masterpiece), created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Like Joseph, we too have been given a new life. God made us alive in Christ when we were dead in our old stories of brokenness, betrayal, slavery and bondage. Jesus came into our lives and brought us into a new story of God’s kindness. And this story of God’s kindness is far greater than any other story we could have hoped for. Our new lives are so much bigger than simply forgetting the past and living prosperously.

Verse 10 in particular can really help us see Joseph clearer, and I think in many ways that Joseph’s story can actually help make this very familiar passage even more real.  It says, “For we are God’s handiwork…” We may feel that your life has been shaped and molded by other people’s hands, their actions and decisions against us. But if God in his Kindness has reached his hand into your life then that is not true. Because when the Kindness of God reached into your life, your life was shaped and molded by His loving actions towards you. You are a new creation made by God’s own hands! You are His handiwork and no-one else’s fingerprints are on you anymore, only God’s. And God’s hands are able to do more than just give us a new life. God’s hands redeem the entire story of our lives.

Let’s continue to pray and ask that we will know the power and complete transformation God’s kindness has on our lives. Each day in another day deeper in the kindness of God, the kindness that redeems our lives through and through. Let’s also pray for those whom God has brought into our lives, praying that will know and experience this kindness of God that is bigger than we could have hoped for them, and that then will experience God’s redemption of their life stories.

Day Four: Kindness…The Story of God and Joseph – “Redemption”

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Day Three: Kindness…The Story of God and Joseph - “The Floodgates”

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Day Two: Kindness…the Extravagant Expression of God’s Grace!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Day One: Kindness…“God’s thousandfold acts of mercy!”

Monday, March 2nd, 2015