Genesis 45, Mark 15, Job 11, Romans 15

Genesis 45:5-8

It is not difficult to find people who express their belief in God as Sovereign, but Joseph's understanding and acceptance of His sovereignty is exceptional.  It is easy to acknowledge God's sovereignty until things do not work out the way we think they should.  There appears to be no bitterness when Joseph tells his brothers, you sold me into slavery but it was God's plan and purpose that brought me here.  Joseph's attitude about life is the one I want.  He believed God was in control.  Paul had not written Romans 8:28 yet, but Joseph would have been in agreement.

Mark 15:43

Joseph of Arimathea was looking for the kingdom of God.  The NRSV says he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God.  He was anticipating the coming of the Messiah.  I know Jesus is coming again as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and can gladly say "Come, Lord Jesus , come".  But the question came to me, Am I expectantly looking for the kingdom of God as I live my life?  Am I so busy with the daily activities of life that I miss His kingdom activity?

Job 11:1-20

If you thought Elephaz was harsh, wait until Zophar gets through with Job.  Zophar's description of God is right and his explanation of how to be right with God is correct, but his application to Job is incorrect.  Zophar says Job is just a talker, babbler and mocker who claims to be sinless.  Job does not claim perfection.  He asks in Job 9:1, how can any man be right before God and in Job 9:33 expresses the need for an arbiter.  Zophar properly describes repentance in Job 10:13-14, but since Job is not living in sin, Zophar's application is inappropriate for this situation. 

Father, reading these conversations makes it clear I am not only supposed to know Your instruction, but supposed to apply it correctly to myself and others.  Please, Holy Spirit, bring Your word to my mind at the right time and give me proper discernment.  May I not misrepresent my Lord.