Genesis 49:10, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”
Genesis 50:20, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”
So many people today seem to be experiencing trials. Someone once said that you are either just going into a trial, in the middle of a trial or coming out of a trial. This is a good observation. I am sure that most of you, my readers, are deeply familiar with this progression.
What is our first response to trials? “God, get me out of this!” If not, it is something close to that I would imagine. My guess is that you and I do not like trials because they are uncomfortable. Trials also reveal our true self. The person we are when nobody is around. Sometimes this is also very painful. We want to rely on ourselves and we would like to think we are capable of handling it. The fact is that we are not bulletproof.
Joseph’s brothers had kidnapped him, put him in a pit and later sold him into slavery. To me this is a terrible trial. The response of Joseph to his brothers is great. In our Scripture passage for today we see Joseph’s response to his brothers.
In Genesis 49:10 we read the phrase , “until Shiloh come;”. When we experience trials maybe we need to have a different attitude about them. Maybe we should continue in faithfulness (prayer, Bible study, Church attendance). Then we can be in a close relationship with “Shiloh” and He will respond to our trials and help us through.
So, how are you doing?
Pray: Lord Jesus, I invite You into my trials. I need You greatly. Help me I pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Read: Psalms 119; Proverbs 31