A humbled and open heart is fertile soil for God’s seeds of wisdom to be planted. Deeper Roots is focused on analyzing God’s word to discover truths, values, and lessons for application to our lives. Periodically, a scripture or passage calls for further exploration, like Genesis 44:14-34.
Our Deeper Roots passage in Genesis shows us that maturity allows us to easily maneuver situations. Our scripture selection begins with Joseph’s brothers returning to Eygpt to stand alongside their brother, Benjamin. Benjamin had been accused of stealing a silver cup from Joseph as a test. Judah stood as the spokesman for his brothers and began recounting the events that led them to that moment; the journey from their homeland, the request to bring Benjamin along, and the reluctance of their fatherIsrael. He ended by describing the dilemma he faced. How could he return without Benjamin? It would surely cause Israel more heartbreak.
Judah had succeeded in ways that his older brother, Reuban, had failed. He laid his own self on the line to protect Benjamin (Israel’s youngest child by his favorite wife), secured provision for the family to save them from famine, and interceded on behalf of Benjamin. He volunteered himself to be enslaved for his brother’s freedom. His petition showed his concern for his brother and father. This was a far cry from the Judah who came up with the idea to sell Joseph into slavery (Genesis 37:25-28). Over the course of years, Judah experienced a transformation. He had experiences with the loss of his sons, making false accusations, and understanding shame/guilt from his interactions with Tamar. He shed selfishness and embraced sacrifice. He matured and was able to maneuver these new challenges easier than if he had encountered them in previous seasons. As we look through Jesus’ earthly lineage, he came through the line of Judah. We see Jesus sacrificing himself for us, securing eternal life for those who believe, and interceding on our behalf at the right hand of our Heavenly Father.
God takes us through seasons of refining that make absolutely no sense to us until time passes. As we’re faced with new challenges, we are able to demonstrate how much God has done in and through our lives. We walk through new trials with the wisdom of previous seasons. When you look back do you see how far God has brought you? Can you see how differently you navigate your current challenges in comparison to 1 year ago? or 5 years ago? or even 10 years ago? That’s growth! That’s maturity! If you honestly cannot see any changes, that’s an opportunity to get in God’s presence to illuminate why your maturity has stagnated because God calls for us to be refined (matured) into His image.
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