Living with Mistakes

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Genesis 44-45; Psalm 10

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Genesis 45:7-8
And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God;

REFLECT
So, was it Joseph’s brothers who sent him to Egypt, or God? According to Joseph, it was God – through the hands of men who had evil intentions. This does not excuse men’s sins, but asserts that men do not have the last say. God in His sovereignty sees the full picture, from Genesis to Revelation, and we His children rest in this truth. In this episode, not only had God prevented Israel from extinction – He was preparing them for Exodus.

RELATE
God’s sovereignty must guide our decisions. Knowing that I am not ultimately responsible for another person’s actions, and that God is able to turn evil into good – gives me the freedom to forgive, to love, and to live without regrets. It allows me to live with my mistakes – trusting that the Lord can redeem them for His glory.

REST
Thank you, Lord, for the freedom to live – even with my failures.

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Day 195

by Rev Joel Yong

Isaiah 24:5-6
The earth is polluted by those who live on it because they’ve disobeyed the LORD’s teachings, violated his laws, and rejected the everlasting promise. That is why a curse devours the earth, and its people are punished for their guilt. That is why those who live on the earth are burned up, and only a few people are left.

Isaiah explains why God allows destruction to happen. It is because of sin.
It leads to mankind violating his laws and thus judgment comes upon the land.

It does say though that a few are left. God does not destroy mankind completely but leaves a remnant so that we have a 2nd chance at recovering and learning from our lessons.

He shows grace as His intention is never to satisfy His wrath but to draw us back to the correct ways.