Through the Word in 2020 / Jan. 21


 
​We are reading the Bible through together this year, using the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan published by the Navigators. You can download it free of charge from: https://www.navigators.org/resource/bible-reading-plans/
Today’s 4 readings are: Matthew 8:23-34; Acts 12; Psalm 20, Genesis 44-45. 
 
The Genesis account of Joseph being reunited with his brothers is powerful and moving. I cannot read it without thinking how we as the human race sold out Jesus, and how He is so full of forgiveness and grace that He falls upon our necks and weeps when we are brought back together. What a picture of salvation. 

​But I would call your attention to this morning is that easily passed-over verse quoting part of Pharaoh’s charge to Joseph regarding his family: “​Have no concern for your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours​.​ (45:20)​

This simple word from Pharaoh as king, ought to echo in our ears as spoken by our King. Indeed, it is, in the Sermon on the Mount. If we know we are on our way to inherit the Kingdom of God, how much ought our minds to be at ease regarding the goods we have here.

That is not a jab against good stewardship over what God has provided for us in the meantime, but it is a reshaping of the “big picture”. It is a reminder that any and all of what we have in this present life cannot hold a candle to awaits us. To truly set our own hearts free by hearing Jesus to not lay up “treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:20-21)

Heavenly Father, grant me such a heart and mind. Make “the best of all the land” so real to me, that I am free to hold these earthly things ever so lightly. To have a heart of faith that anticipates that your promises to “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for” me (1 Pe 1:4), eclipses any and all concern for loss or lack here. Make the coming sight of the unveiled glory of Christ so precious to me that I can suffer the loss and privation of anything in this life gladly, knowing ​w​hat is just before me – because I am His, and He is min​​e.

 



Reid Ferguson / Kuyperian Abnormalist.

Dulcius ex Asperis

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