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Part of the FBCS 2010 Read Through the Bible Project: Enter the Story. Join the Song.

Straight Line, Crooked Paths . . .

Luke 23:1-25    Genesis 41    Psalm 32

Pharoah elevates Joseph and Pilate hands Jesus over to be crucified. . . and in both cases, the story of God’s saving love advances. . .  I am mindful this day of a statement made to me when I accepted the call to FBCS at age 30: “Sometimes God leads in a straight line by means of a crooked path” (Tex Hamer, member of the search team). This quote, along with today’s reading, serves to remind me that circumstantial evidence is a poor indicator of the presence and activity of God.  I confess that this is something I too often forget.

As Jesus taught, God’s kingdom is working, like yeast in a batch of dough, whether we perceive that work or not. So it is that Joseph, after 13 years of servitude and imprisonment, becomes second in command in Egypt, and “all the world” comes to him (Gen.41:57). So it is, also, that Jesus, who has done no evil (Lk.23:4,14,22), is treated with contempt, mocked, and condemned to a criminal’s execution. Yes, at times, things are neat, and tidy, and clear: the wicked have trouble and the Lord’s love obviously surrounds those who trust him (Psalm 32:10). Yet, as we know all too well, there are many other times when those who trust God die young; and the wicked prosper. . . for a season, as Jesus and Joseph would remind us. In all of this, whether obvious, or not, this truth remains constant:

“Steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord” (Ps.32:10).  Despite circumstances (see Joseph and Jesus). So,  today, whether we are at this moment brought low by difficulty or experiencing a high moment of blessing, let us remember that there is a bigger story at work here, and that, no matter the circumstances, we are always surrounded by a love that will not let us go!

Therefore let all who are faithful offer a prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.
— Psalm 32:6,7

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