Genesis 40-42; Matthew 8

Genesis 42:36 “Their father Jacob said to them: “Must you make me childless?  Joseph is no more, Simeon is no more, and now you would take Benjamin away!  Why must such things always happen to me?”  Why must such things always happen to me?  Indeed the quintessential rhetorical human question.  As Momma would say, wish I had a nickel for every time I heard that!  Funny thing is, probably no one exclaims that after a fortunate event, like winning the lottery.  It’s like a Geico commercial: “Complain, it’s what people do.”  How wonderful it is to have a God that does care for us – indeed, loves us totally – and is compassionate, and not put off by our moaning and groaning.

GOD’S ANSWER:  Remember when you were a child it did feel sometimes like your parents really didn’t love you, in your immaturity.  Being made to eat your peas, for example, didn’t feel loving.  Spiritual maturity is persisting through the tough times, buoyed by the Love that is always there.

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