Big Picture God


God is not in a hurry and he has a lot on his mind.  That’s what we learn today by reading the story of Joseph.  One thing is certain: God doesn’t forget.  He is faithful to provide for us and he sees the connectedness of humanity across our world.  Big picture God…

56 When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. 57 And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.

1 When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?” 2 He continued, “I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die.”

3 Then ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. 4 But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with the others, because he was afraid that harm might come to him. 5 So Israel’s sons were among those who went to buy grain, for there was famine in the land of Canaan also.

6 Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. 7 As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them…
Genesis 41:56-57-42:1-7

If you do the math and find the hints, you can determine that Joseph was sold by his brothers in his late teens, and he met them again in Egypt when he was 39.  Let’s call that 20 years.  How long does it take God to fulfill his plan for us?  In the case of Joseph and Jacob, it was 20 years.  To God this is an instant.  To humans, this is eternity.

I have had several conversations with people who are waiting on God lately, whether it’s for an answer on a career direction in which they want to serve God, or waiting for God to show that he is even there, as some people feel disconnected from God, as if he is far off and has left them.

God is not in a hurry.  Here’s why:

God is the God of all time, and he exists in eternity.  20 years is less than a blink of God’s eye.  A thousand years are as a day for him.

God’s plans are interconnected for everyone across the world.  When God watched Joseph get sold into slavery, he knew that a famine was coming.  And God connected Joseph’s family and with Pharaoh and the nation of Egypt.  And he provided for both as part of his plan.

We see our needs as separated from each other.  God sees our connectedness in need and in his provision for our needs.

And so, we ought to have even more confidence in God.  Not only is he watching over us, he is watching over the people we will meet tomorrow and in 20 years…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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