(Genesis 49-50, Matthew 15:1-20)

[19] But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? [20] As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. (Genesis 50:19, 20 ESV) 

Many times we get this one simple truth muddy in our own minds. We are confused over something so foundational that we forget to resolve the issue. And it’s this: We are not God. Maybe we should say it out loud. Declare, “I am not God.”

Doesn’t that one truth bring many things into immediate perspective? We can worry and fuss over people and situations, fretting over what they are or aren’t doing. Fretting over circumstances. Fretting over how things may or not work out. But when we remember that we are not God, everything comes into focus.

We are not in charge of every little thing. We are however, in charge of our own hearts… our own thoughts. We are in charge of bringing our own lives into submission to what we believe is the plan and purpose of God.

Joseph had reconciled himself to the purposes of God. He was living in the safety of God’s plan for his life. God has the final say. Jesus has been appointed the judge of all the earth. He will decide. As for us, let’s love Him and entrust every detail to His care.