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Joseph Knew His Brethren

Evening, January 4

   “And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.” 
         — Genesis 42:8

This morning our desires went forth for growth in our acquaintance with the Lord Jesus; it may be well to-night to consider a kindred topic, namely, our heavenly Joseph’s knowledge of us. This was most blessedly perfect long before we had the slightest knowledge of him. “His eyes beheld our substance, yet being imperfect, and in his book all our members were written, when as yet there was none of them.” Before we had a being in the world we had a being in his heart. When we were enemies to him, he knew us, our misery, our madness, and our wickedness.  When we wept bitterly in despairing repentance, and viewed him only as a judge and a ruler, he viewed us as his brethrenwell beloved, and his bowels yearned towards us. He never mistook his chosen, but always beheld them as objects ofhis infinite affection. “The Lord knoweth them that are his,” is as true of the prodigals who are feeding …

Listen, Build, and Listen Again

January 4: Listen, Build, and Listen Again
Genesis 6–7

More often than not, what we want is not what God wants. We desire wealth, notoriety, or influence. In our ambition, we can lose sight of the very God who created us.

In the story of Noah and the flood, we see the same dichotomy: the world wants one thing and God desires another. The two aren't congruent. In this case, selfishness has led to catastrophic levels of evil: “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence … all flesh had corrupted their way on earth”(Gen 6:11–12). So God tells Noah that He is through—He’s going to end it all. But Noah and his family will be spared if they’re obedient to God’s will.

Noah listens; he builds the ark. And God honors His work by closing the door (Gen 7:16). He’s there at the end, sealing the deal. Being faithful means getting an opportunity to witness the power of God.

When our ambitions aren't guided by God’s will and His goals, the result can mean c…