Knowing God

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And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. Genesis 45:5

In his book Knowing God, J. I. Packer says that people who know God personally have great thoughts of Him, great energy and boldness for Him and great contentment in Him. That certainly describes Joseph.

Joseph's brothers stood before him speechless and terrified as they learned the one they had sold into slavery was now the second most powerful man in the most powerful nation of the world. No doubt, the thought "We are toast!" didn't just cross their minds but lodged itself in the part of the brain that says, "Be really scared now!" But through Joseph's journey, he had become intimately acquainted with God. He assured the brothers that it was God who sent him ahead "to preserve for you a remnant on the earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance" (v. 7).

How about you? What are you learning about God and yourself on this journey? Are you thinking great thoughts of God? Is your energy to follow hard after Him increasing? Are you becoming bolder in telling others about Him? Are you finding contentment in Him alone? Packer's words describe Joseph. Do they describe you?

Father, the journey You have placed us on will take some twists and turns. Help us to see You at work in every circumstance. Remind us that You never waste our time. In Jesus' name. Amen.