In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.
The movie “Amadeus” is based on the true story of the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his rivalry with Antonio Salieri. Salieri desired to create music of praise to God. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the musical gift to pull it off. Instead it was the brash brat, Mozart, who had the gift. Salieri is troubled throughout his life wondering why God would give a brat like Mozart the gift that he really desired. Why would God waste His gift on someone who doesn’t deserve it?
Job asked, “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” Salieri was asking, “Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?” Why would God give His greatest gifts to those who least deserve them? Maybe you’ve wondered that before. Why would God give His choice gift, the gift of salvation, to people who don’t deserve to be saved? In a word, the answer is grace. Grace is God giving us what we don’t deserve—eternal life.
As hard as it is to fathom God’s grace, there is an even more perplexing question: Why would people refuse to receive God’s grace? Why would people refuse to receive the greatest gift of all, the gift of salvation?
During their second trip to Egypt, Joseph’s brothers illustrate two reasons that people refuse God’s grace. Twenty-two years earlier Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, yet through a set of miraculous circumstances, Joseph became governor over Egypt. Just as Joseph predicted, a great famine came over the whole world. Joseph’s brothers were in Canaan with their father, Jacob, and when they heard that Egypt had grain, they went to Egypt to buy food. Little did they know that the person they asked for grain was their brother Joseph. So Joseph concocted a plan to bring all his brothers to Egypt and to get his father to come to Egypt as well. Joseph’s plan was a picture of what God does to bring us back to Himself. God will go to any lengths necessary to bring about reconciliation between you and Him.
Some of you may be a long way away from God. You know things aren’t right between you and your Creator, but some good things have happened in your life. Maybe God has taken care of your finances, maybe He has restored a relationship, maybe He has given you a promotion and you wonder, “If things are not right between God and me, why are these good things happening?” One word, grace. God is blessing you because He wants to bring you back to Himself, and that is where our story picks up this week. In the brothers’ journey back to Egypt, we see a picture of how God gives His greatest gift to those who least deserve it.
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Come and Dine!” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2009.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.