God, the Great and Powerful

We are reading the one-year Chronological Bible and we just finished the part when all of Joseph’s family (his father and brothers and all their families) moved to Goshen– it said that their number, including Joseph and his family, totaled 70 (Genesis 46).

I am now sitting in the living room watching my two baby granddaughters interacting with one another, and I look up and see my family’s picture over the fireplace. God has blessed me. It started with just my husband and me, and now we number 12 in our family (it’s actually 11, but my son and future daughter-in-law will be getting married in June).

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These passages in Deuteronomy say, “If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully keep all his commands… You will experience all these blessings… Your children and your crops will be blessed… Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed” (Deu 28:1-2, 4, 6, NLT).

I don’t deserve any of His blessings, but by His grace He has blessed me. God is so amazing and awesome! He truly is great and powerful!

Bad things happen

My husband and I are reading through Genesis and we are now at the part about Joseph. We just finished reading about Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams. It made me think about all the things he went through prior to that point— stripped of his clothing, thrown into a deep hole in the ground by his own brothers, sold to strangers, worked as a household servant, being falsely accused of attempted rape, and thrown in jail. I can only imagine what he must have felt—betrayed, scared, confused, lonely, etc. He had no idea that all of these situations were a part of God’s plan.

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It made me think about all the bad things that I had been through—tough circumstances that made me wonder if God was really there. Looking back, I can see that even though Satan “intended to harm me,” God “intended it all for good” (Gen 50:20). If I had never experienced all the negative things in my life then my heart might not have been receptive in accepting Christ as my Savior, and I would not have seen God’s miraculous work in my life nor would I have received His blessings. It made me realize that even bad things are a part of God’s plan—I just have to remember that when I am in the midst of a bad situation.