God's word in today's world

Hope, certainty and the lights shining


Together with the author of Hebrews we are visiting the great name sin the Old Testament so that we can learn from them about faith. Next in line is Joseph.

Joseph’s brothers sold him to a slave trader, but when their country suffered from famine, it was this brother they had thrown away who saved them. They all moved to stay with him and spent the rest of their lives enjoying life in Egypt.

Even when Joseph was dying, he remembered his brothers: 22By an act of faith, Joseph, while dying, prophesied the exodus of Israel, and made arrangements for his own burial.

Obviously, Joseph’s brothers wondered what would be happening to them and their families after his death. But Joseph didn’t leave them in uncertainty and comforted them. He gave them hope. He gave them the vision that Israel would one day journey to the land of milk and honey.

Joseph needed just one thing to convey this vision: loads of faith. He could use this to encourage and calm them, because he knew that God kept His promises and that God would keep on keeping His promises.

Joseph gave hope to the hopeless. Joseph switched on the light for his brothers who were uncertain about going forward without him. Joseph gave his brothers certainty when they were very uncertain. Why? Because he had loads of the one thing needed to help others: faith. He believed in God, the promise keeper.

We’ve heard this quite often lately. God keeps His promises. He does what He says He will do. We’ve seen this in our own lives. The Father takes care of us every month. Why would He do differently next month?

That is why we can believe with a 100% certainty that at the end of next month we will again go on our knees and thank Him for providing for us once again. We can believe that.

God calls us to be like Joseph and to pull other people from the mud of life. We must give hope to the hopeless. We must shine the light for those stuck in a dark world. We must offer certainty to those stumbling around in uncertainty.

And we can do it if we believe in God. Then we can use our experience to encourage others. Joseph experienced God in his life. God rescued him from the well. When he was put in prison although he was innocent, God lifted Joseph to just below the king. Every time it seemed as if danger would overcome him, God kept His promises and rescued Joseph. And with all these experiences of God he could encourage his brothers.

May you do it too. May you bring hope and certainty and shine the light for others because you believe in the living God!

Scripture
Hebrews 11:20-31

Reflection
Do you believe?
Do you believe that God is still fulfilling His promises today?
Does your faith encourage others?

Prayer
Our Father, how great You are! And I feel too small to give others hope. But I want to do it. Amen.

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