FOR FRIDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 50:15-26
“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 50:20; English Standard Version)
All my life I’ve heard the phrase “Hindsight is 20:20” which means that while it is easy to see what you should have done in the past it is hard to predict what to do in the future. I wear corrective lens (or glasses) because without them I could not see clearly more than two feet ahead of me. Without the help of my optometrist, my nearsightedness would bring all kinds of problems into my life.
Without God’s help, we would be without an even better perspective than having 20:20 vision. Julius Medenblik calls this a “50:20 perspective” which Genesis 50:20 offers us. In the beginning, God sums up the creation of our universe with this acclamation: “It is good!” (Genesis 1:31). But then sin entered into the picture and brought all kinds of brokenness into the relations of our lives. But by the end of Genesis, the saving work of God begins to reverse this breakdown.
Medenblik says, “Genesis 50:20 teaches us to correct our perception, because if we don’t we’ll get discouraged and we might conclude that the ‘darkness’ of sin and death has won.” Noticing the guilt-ridden worry on the faces of his brothers, Joseph calls for them (and us) to see and believe in God’s ongoing work for good. 50:20 is a great perspective to have!
PRAYER: God of all hope, thank you for your ongoing work of grace. Thank you for healing what is broken and for working even through the brokenness of our lives to bring your grace. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2017 by Steven W. Manskar]