The Bible doesn’t give us a sense of Joseph’s interior journey to this moment. We just know in that moment he directed his pain to use his power for restoration and not a recitation of injuries. For Joseph, the matter was settled.
God says to this, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked but that the wicked turn back from your evil ways….” God takes pleasure in the weight loss of new obedience- In the gravity-defying switch.
This weekend we honor laborers. Those whose efforts produce fruit that benefit us all. Seems like a good time also to define labor for those who follow Jesus.
Moses is raised in the house that slave labor built only to return as an adult to tear the whole system down. Empire can’t build anything that can withstand love’s eventual tear down.
The Bible treats us to a story of a woman with faith-agency. Faith-agency is the perfect balance between weekend praying and weekday doing.
God is still looking for flesh and blood witnesses in the real world. When last did you see God move? When last did you hear from God?
When we find God’s kingdom in small things, we are like the merchant finding a small pearl of great value, filled with joy and satisfaction as our search for God’s work progresses.
In this current climate when our “freedom” is so tested, the spiritual and Biblical passage remind us of God’s faithfulness to our freedom now and future generations.
Are we speaking words of life? Are our words helping bring us closer the kingdom? Speak God’s words of life today to self and others. They don’t return empty.
Catching up to divine diversity might mean a change in tone; celebrating instead of condemning, listening instead of talking, noticing instead of turning away.