Athlete, God is Near

*This series was written by the AIA staff team at the University of Virginia

Read Genesis 42

We do not know how heavily the guilt of Joseph’s brothers weighed on their hearts all of these years.  We can only imagine that it weighed quite heavily, as they immediately see their offense against Joseph as the reason for their current predicament (42:21-22).  They argue with each other and confess their sin openly to one another, little knowing that Joseph hears their confession, too.  This confession is painful, but it is the beginning of restoration.

Proverbs 29:6 tell us, “An evil man is snared by his own sin, but a righteous one can sing and be glad.”  Were Joseph’s brothers able to sing with glad hearts during those years of separation from Joseph, weighed down as they were by guilt?  Surely they were snared by their sin.

Question for Reflection and Prayer

We have a God who is never too far away or unwilling to hear our confession.  He is near, and He is full of mercy and compassion.  Are there any sins from your distant or recent past that keep you from being able to sing to God with a glad heart?  Confess and receive God’s complete forgiveness in Christ.  

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