enesis 25:19-chapter 50
One of my earliest memories of church is learning about Jacob and Esau when I was little. Being a twin myself, I was excited to hear a story about twins! But I did NOT love the way the story ended.
It seems like the overarching tension of the last half of Genesis is a lack of patience. It seems like these good-hearted people are really quick to forget or ignore God's promises. Jacob bamboozles Esau. Jacob accidentally marries the wrong woman (what!). Rachel and Leah do all sorts of things because they don't have the patience to wait on what God is doing. Joseph's brothers have their own ideas about how things should go down, and side-step God's plans for their little brother.
Joseph seems to be the only one who has any patience and makes the most of out of his circumstances. How is that? The person who seems to have the rawest deal of them all has the most patience?
What can we learn from this?
Faith. Patience. Making the best out of the circumstances life hands us.
Yeah, that's suuuuper easy. Thanks for that little lesson, God.
And, the thing we need to take away from all of these stories is that God never stops loving any of these fools. These men and women who made mistakes and lacked faith were always, always, always beloved by God, their Creator.
So it's easy to make mistakes. It's easy to forget God's promises for good, but let us never forget that God loves us foolish people.
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