Grace And Peace to You

Are you filled with fear and worry in the face of this corona virus pandemic?

Resting in God’s promised peace is the safest place we can ever be – especially in a pandemic.

“Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.” So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”

A great famine was coming and all were about to suffer the worst of times. But the people did not know that fact. They only saw the good times that were right before their eyes. And all along God was preparing Joseph … showing him that no matter how bad things were – when you are faithful God will give you peace.

But isn’t God’s plan for peace that we have been offered so much greater and more important than the plan given to the Pharaoh. The Egyptians had food and riches to sustain them through the famine. But this peace was temporary, while the new covenant that Jesus brought gives peace to all who believe in Him forever.

Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers, and he was unjustly thrown into prison under false pretenses. But Joseph’s faithfulness did not waver. And God spoke to Joseph through his years of hardship. God gave Joseph peace. And as Joseph explained to his brothers many years later; “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:19-20 — “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Our God is a God of miracles. Only He could use an imprisoned slave to bring counsel to the most powerful man in the world. And only Jesus could put words in the mouth of Joseph that would convince Pharaoh, and give him the courage to allow a slave to rule the kingdom. “So he set him over all the land of Egypt. Pharaoh also said to Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”

But now think about this for a moment … In what way did God give greater opportunity to Joseph than He has also given to you or I? We certainly have been placed in far more convenient circumstances than Joseph was. Except for God, and beyond being “handsome in form and appearance” what did Joseph have going for him? Nothing. And are not the dilemma, the vision, and the promise He has given each of us much the same as Joseph.

First we must look to God and humble ourselves. Because without God even the wisest, strongest, and richest among us are ultimately lost in their futility when the darkness comes. What hope is there even for the richest man on earth when his end comes? In the face any of a number of challenges that occur every day – money, power, and wisdom are of little value. Yes, the story of Joseph is for all.

All through the worst and the best of times, God was first and foremost on Joseph’s mind. And in the worst of times the first thing out of Joseph’s mouth for Pharaoh showed his humility and the promise of peace during the coming trouble and a way of escape for many.

And Jesus means for each of us to be ministers of a new covenant and bring His gospel of peace. “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit” 2 Corinthians 3:4-6

We too have been given the promise of peace and a way of escape, and it’s for all who believe. And just like both Joseph and Pharaoh as well – only those who hear God’s truth and choose to believe and follow will receive the promise. Pharaoh could have easily rejected Joseph and His words – but He believed and did exactly as the God of Joseph advised.

Jesus has left us with these promises.

“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:25-27

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged”  John 3:16-18

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Peace with God comes only through believing in Jesus.

Believe In Jesus …

and your sins past, present, and future are forgiven forever.

Have you accepted God’s Answer of Peace for you?

Pray – Do It Now – Receive Forgiveness and Eternal Life.

Grace and Peace to you my friends,

Bob West, Geezerdust© 2020

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