The Restored Orchard

Weekly Declaration

As believers, we are God’s children. A child of God will reflect His character. Each week, we focus on one scripture while highlighting a declaration (Who God is) and affirmation (Who we are as believers).

This week’s scripture is:

Of course, they didn’t know that Joseph understood them, for he had been speaking to them through an interpreter. Now he turned away from them and began to weep. When he regained his composure, he spoke to them again. Then he chose Simeon from among them and had him tied up right before their eyes.

Genesis 42:23‭-‬24 NLT

Declaration

God grants insight.

Affirmation

I will look beyond the surface into the deeper meaning.

Has someone ever done you wrong or treated you poorly, then later you find out some detail that gives you insight into why they acted the way they did? Oftentimes on the surface level we’re over it, but deep down we still have scars and unresolved issues. Let’s look at Joseph, he was sold into slavery by his brothers, yet God’s hand was on him and now he’s married with two sons and in a prominent position. Decades have passed, yet when faced with his brothers again there are residual feelings. His observation of their discussion in their native language gives him insight. Their hearts had softened and they were remorseful. God allows us insight too. It’s an opportunity for us to look beyond the surface whenever we get frustrated or done dirty by someone. We can always take a moment to look for a deeper meaning and seek clarity from God.

A Prayer Starter…
Heavenly Father, You know all things. You give insight to things going on around me. Lord, help me to look beyond the superficial and into the deeper meaning. Grant me clarity, so that my heart doesn’t harbor ill feelings… In Jesus’ name. Amen.

S. Enoch

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