You can run, but you can’t hide. If you want to be free from your sin, you must face your sin.
Genesis 42-44 helps us see from the outside what running from sin feels like on the inside. By Genesis 42, it’s been over 20 years since Joseph’s brothers sold him into Egyptian slavery, marking the last time they saw each other. Joseph has healed quite well and God has caused him to be fruitful in the land of his affliction, but his brothers are another story. They’re a mess. Throughout the three chapters, there’s a back and forth battle, arguments, internal and external turmoil, and deep-seated feelings of guilt. If you journey through their story, you’ll see five stages of a changed life, and if you look through your life, you may be able to trace a few of the steps as well…
Stage #1: Intervention of God
God will use the worst circumstances to lead to the best life.
In their case, He used a famine to get them to Egypt, in your case, God may use (not cause, but use) financial hardship, a cancer diagnosis, or a divorce. God is always intervening.
Stage #2: Discomfort in Sin
It’s been 20+ years since they sold Joseph, but the brothers are evidently very uncomfortable in their sin…and that’s a good thing! Sin killed our Savior, so if you’re comfortable in it, that’s a problem.
Stage #3: Recognition of God
As they put the pieces together, they can begin to see the hand of God in their circumstances. I’ll bet you can too if you open your eyes, look around, and humble yourself. God’s fingerprints are everywhere.
Stage #4: Admission of Guilt
Judah, one of Joseph’s brothers, finally admitted they were guilty. That was huge for them and will be huge for you. God can’t forgive you of sin you won’t admit you committed.
Stage #5: Repentance from Sin
At the end of Genesis 44, when their youngest brother was facing imprisonment, Judah offered to give his life for his brother’s. That is evidence of heart change. If you have been saved, there will be evidence. A saved life leads to a changed life.
So…what are you going to do about it? Are you willing to be honest about your sin and face reality? James 1:25 says that he who hears and responds to God’s Word in obedience “will be blessed in his doing.”
The right time to do the right thing is right now. Get to it!
K E V I N • M I L L E R
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