Yesterday I finished reading the book of Genesis. It was a huge accomplishment. I’ve never made it that far in reading the Bible. I’ve dabbled all over the place, but I’ve never set out to read the Bible and read past Abraham. Tomorrow I start reading in Exodus. It feels like I have just made it past the first marker in striving to complete this goal.
Here are some of my favorite parts of Genesis:
— The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land that I will show you.” (12:1)
God didn’t tell Abram where He was taking him. He only told him to go. And so he went, and the Lord blessed him immensely, more than he could have ever asked or imagined.
— Now there was famine in the land…The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you.” (26:1-3)
It didn’t seem logical at all to stay in the land where there was a famine. But God is not logical, and He did bless Isaac.
— But while Joseph was there in prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden… the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did. (39:20-23)
The situation seemed bad, but God blessed Joseph in the midst of all the hard stuff. He didn’t just make it by. Joseph succeeded in prison.
— Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. (41:46)
If you go back to 37:2 it says that Joseph was only 17 years old when his brothers sold him into slavery. It took 13 years for God’s plan to be revealed to him. He was faithful to God through it all and after 13 years God gave him more than he could have ever asked or imagined. But he had to wait for it. And waiting was sometimes painful, discouraging, embarrassing, and uncomfortable. Then God showed him his blessing, and I’m sure it was worth every hard moment.
— “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (50:20)
God works everything together for the good of those who love him and are called according to His purpose. What may seem terrible at the time, God will use for His kingdom. Nothing goes unnoticed. Nothing happens without purpose. Everything is known to God. And He makes it all good.