Saturday, January 14, 2023

Daily Devotion: When A Brick Spawned A Book

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Bible Reading: Genesis 50:15-26 

Key Verse: Verse 12 - “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” 

Key Words: but God meant it unto good

The poet William Cowper has written: “God moves in mysterious ways His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps by the sea, And rides upon the storm.” This suggests that events which seem tragic to us often turn out to be rich blessings from God. The selling of Joseph by his brothers, which resulted in his coming to live in Egypt, was a wicked act and cannot be excused. Yet in God’s overruling providence it became the means of saving the lives of those brothers along with their families. Literally thousands of stories could be told by Christians who have seen triumphs come out of their tragedies.

A modern illustration of the truth of the above text is found in the life of Samuel L. Brengle. At one time in his ministry, a wicked man attempted to kill him by throwing a paving brick at his head. Brengle survived the dastardly attack, but he had a long convalescent period. During those months, he wrote many blessed and inspiring articles on “the sanctified life.” Later, because of their value, they were put into a book entitled Helps to Holiness. It was his best and most useful work. Referring to that earlier incident, Brengle’s wife would say, “Had there been no brick, there would have been no book!” She was convinced that the Lord had allowed the “tragedy” so that her husband would have time to write. Because of this, she preserved the brick and painted on it the words of our text: “But as for you, ye thought evil against me: but God meant it unto good...”

How blessed to know that our Heavenly Father overrules sin and error for His glory and our good.

What to do:
✞ Take advantage of every opportunity to do something for God.

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