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The Eyes of Faith

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Feb 17 in Musings
Joseph. The 11th son of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham. Though he dominates the biblical narrative from Genesis 37-50, he preaches no sermons, makes few speeches, leads no bible studies, we don’t see him in prayer or worship. At first glance Joseph offers us little in the way of faith...until. Until long after he was abandoned by his brothers and sold into slavery, long after his family has believed him dead, long after his unjust jail sentence, long after he rose to the top of Pharaoh’s administrative hierarchy in Egypt, Joseph is reacquainted with his treacherous brothers. Aware of their own sinister actions, they cower in front of him, understanding that he has every right to wreak revenge on them. And Joseph speaks these remarkable words: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So...don’t be afraid.”
Extraordinary. Somehow Joseph was able to see the difficult truth of what had been done to him...and still look for what God was doing. The eyes of faith. They aren’t blind to the difficulties of the world, but are always looking for God’s presence. These are the eyes needed by anyone who wants to live the kingdom of God life that Jesus calls us to.
We live in unsettling times. Many days the news is full of violence, power plays, belligerence, and self-preservation at all costs. Only people with eyes of faith will be able to accurately see the darkness and still watch for signs of God’s alternative narrative- the one described by justice, integrity, welcome, beauty and sacrifice. People with eyes of faith will not just watch for these signs, but live them out. God is at work, for good and salvation...all around us. My question is: are we paying attention?

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