Merciful in the Good, Bad, and the Ugly

Isle Royale Sunset

What I learned from the book of Genesis

God is creator. Genesis 1-3

God is friend. Genesis 5:24

God is merciful. (read accounts of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Hagar, Sarah, Leah, Tamar, Judah, Israel’s sons, Joseph to name a few)

God is guide. Genesis 48:15

God loves his people. 1 John 4:19

God is patient. (see the mixed up accounts of the messed up people above)

God is Redeemer. Genesis 50:20

I learned that I serve a God who wants me to keep my eyes on His strength and His Power and not on my or anyone else’s weaknesses.  I love the story of Joseph in the later part of Genesis.  He is never recorded complaining or blaming; even though by our standards he sure had a right to when his big brothers threw him into a pit and sold him into slavery; and Potiphar’s wife got him put in jail unjustly; and the cupbearer forgot about him for several years; the list goes on. He is merciful, just as God is merciful to him and to his forefathers’ rebellion.

Joseph is always found waiting upon and claiming God’s strengths.

No blaming and no complaining. 

God is merciful to His people, so why shouldn’t I be as well?

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.  Joseph in Genesis 50:20 NIV


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