Archive for March 21st, 2007

Stuff Up Moments – Genesis 44 1-17

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Can you imagine how the brothers are feeling now? They have to go back to their Father and say “Dad you know that you were petrified that the Egyptian would kill or keep your youngest son? And you know how we promised to look after him, well ahhhh The Egyptian kept him.” How are they possibly going to tell their father the very news he dreads? How are they going to own up to making the biggest mistake of their life’s? Well we will find out how they do later, but for now how about you? How would you react if you blew it and had to tell someone you loved and respected? How would you react if you did what you believed to be an unforgivable sin and had to tell you parents, youth worker or friends? Would you have the guts to stand up and say “I stuffed up, and I was wrong and now I am going to put it right” That takes guts, it takes commitment and it takes someone who seeks God when they feel worthless as well as when they fell super holy. Remember when those times come, Gods view of you has not changed. God would still have sent his son to die on a cross for you, no matter what you did. Because it is not about what you did, it is about what Jesus did. So when those “stuff up” moments come, take a deep breath, say a prayer asking for help and do what is right knowing that God is with you.

Why Would You Do That? – Genesis 43 15-34

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Josephs Brothers just can’t understand what is going on. Why is this guy so good to them? They are expecting rejection or at least to have to pay their way. They are scared and it even takes servant to tell them to calm down. They receive food for their families and a party fit for a king. This is so similar to our relationship with God. God made us and yet really wants to have a party and invites us to enjoy the very best with him. We struggle with this concept. If we make or buy something like a cake or a picture then we think that we own it. If we buy a pet then we consider ourselves the owner and expect the pet to do what we say. That’s not how God sees us. We are so use to people expecting something in return for a relationship that we can simply miss Gods love for us. In the same way as Josephs Brothers are confused with his Generosity we can be confused with Gods generosity towards us. Don’t be so busy trying to work out why God loves that you, miss out on the opportunity to accept his unconditional love.

Control Freak – Genesis 43 1-14

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Petrified that is what Israel is feeling right now. He is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Does he let his family starve or does he send his youngest son back to this unknown man? He doesn’t really have a choice and he has no control over the outcome, and that is why he is petrified. This time he really is going to have to rely on God. I’m the same, I like controlling my life, I like making my own decisions and I don’t like it when someone else takes control of my life. So if I don’t like it when someone else takes control, how likely am I to hand over control of my life, even to God? But that is what we must do, we must stretch ourselves, we must hand over control of our lives to God. If we are looking at a change in our lives where we can see no choice but to rely on God then maybe that is where we should be. Next time you come across a situation and you like Israel are afraid of the outcome, then pray to your God who only has plans to prosper you. Next time you are afraid of what the future might hold as you change schools, colleges, jobs then hand over control of the outcome to you heavenly Father, and know that he is in control.

Flintstone Reliance – Genesis 42 23-38

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Joseph’s dad just looses the plot. He has lost one son in the past and now he is scared to death that it will happen again. He is just so scared that it will happen again, that he risks his relationships with his sons over the possibility that he will lose a son. Sounds daft doesn’t it? We can become so defensive over something, that we risk losing the very thing we want to protect. But have you ever got uptight with a friend because they hung around with someone else and not you? Have you ever snapped at someone you love because they are not spending enough time with you? There are times when we do need to act and be honest with people, but we also need to look at where we find our self worth. If we feel good because we are in a group, or are proud of our family and don’t want to lose it; or even because someone pays attention to us then we are missing out on what God has for us. In Psalm 18:2 David describes exactly where our feeling of self worth should come from. He says “I love you, God— you make me strong. God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live…” We should try not to worry about the past and what’s has happened or that it might happen again. We should try not to worry what other people do or say. We do not rely on them, but instead we rely on our God.

Family Troubles – Genesis 42 1-22

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Joseph is sitting pretty now. He’s got a good job, a wife, some kids and he is doing OK thank you very much. All this despite what his brothers did to him, all this despite the fact his Dad didn’t come looking for him. Actually he probably feels justified in being a bit miffed with his brothers when they turn up out of the blue looking for his help. Is there someone in your family who winds you up, or someone that you have fallen out with in the past? Maybe your Dad let you down by not coming to an activity he said he would. Maybe your brother just gave you so much hassle when you were little you have stopped talking to him. Maybe you parents have divorced and you just can’t forgive one or both of them. Families can be a real hassle at times, but building up resentment towards our families in our hearts is just not going to help. We are told in Hebrews 12:14-15 to make sure that we live in peace with one another and that we do not let resentment have a chance to start. It looks like Joseph has missed that point, but we shall come back to him and see how that ends in another day. Mean time how about you? Have you made sure that resentment or bad feeling towards another hasn’t started in your heart? Is there someone close to you whom you feel bad towards? Being a Christ follower is not always easy and this is one of those times. If there is someone who you have a bad relationship with then guess what? You will have to make the first step. Worst still you may have to make the second, third or forth step. Actually Jesus tells us we are to try to resolve these problems over and over again. It’s tough being the guy to put things right, but then you always knew you were tough didn’t you?