“God's Good and Gracious Care for His People who are in Trouble for His Purposes”
Passage: Genesis 45:1–45:28
Key Passage: Genesis 45
1. He is Lord; He causes; He controls; His purposes will stand, Genesis 39-41; Isaiah 14:24; 46:8-11.
2. Serve, with confidence and without complaint, where He plants you, Genesis 39-40; Colossians 3:22-25; 1 Peter 2:18-25.
3. Be mindful of God’s good hand; translate everything in life with the goodness of God’s global purposes, Genesis 45:1-15; 43:14.
“The certainty that God’s will, not man’s, is the controlling reality in every event shines through as the basis for reconciliation. No doubt Joseph had consoled himself many times with this principle of faith. He who is spiritual can perceive the hand of God in every event, and therefore is able to forgive those who wrong him.” Allen P. Ross
4. Be a happy compatibilist and bask in the providential working of God, Genesis 45:4-8; 50:19-20; Leviticus 20:7-8; Acts 2:22-24; 4:23-30; Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Corinthians 15:10; Hebrews 13:20-21.
“God is absolutely sovereign, but his sovereignty never functions in Scripture to reduce human responsibility.” D. A. Carson
5. Let your happy compatibilism spill over to others, Genesis 45:4-15.