None of us deserve any good thing from our Creator and Judge. We cannot claim to deserve any of his kindness. Instant excommunication and eternal condemnation is all we have earned by our wickedness. However, despite our arrogant rebellion, God has chosen to grant some of us written copies of his Law and Gospel. For some unknown reason, we are people who possess the Book that contains divine revelation not possessed by all in the world. And friends, how blessed are we to be the people to whom God specially speaks.
In Genesis 41, God gives a divine vision to Pharaoh and provides the divine interpretation through Joseph. To this world leader, God gives both inside information about an upcoming famine and a winning strategy to be followed. How blessed are they who receive inspired truth from the One True God:
Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also seven years of famine. It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt, but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land, and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of the famine that will follow, for it will be very severe. And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about. (41:25-32)
Later, in chapter 46, God speaks to Jacob. He has done so many times, and this time God encourages him to have no fear as he continues in his journey toward Egypt. He is not sinning by leaving the Promised Land; God’s servant is doing the proper thing, and God is with him in his journey:
Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.” (Genesis 46:3-4)
And by the end of Genesis, great blessings were realized by all those who had both received God’s revelation and had choosen to respond with obedience. Because some were hearers and doers of God’s instructions, many enjoyed God’s gracious blessings they could not earn and did not deserve:
- Pharaoh had a wise Joseph at his right hand
- Pharaoh had immense storehouses of grain
- Despite famine, the Egyptians had food
- Despite famine, the Israelites had food
- Despite being foreigners, the Israelites enjoyed choice land
- Because of prudent obedience, Pharaoh amassed silver and gold
- Because of listening to God’s plan, Pharaoh collected almost all the livestock
- Because of wisdom, Pharaoh signed contracts for 20% of all future profits
- Despite radical sin, the house of Jacob is reunited and thriving.
All of these blessed consequences are undeserved; they are of grace. And all of these blessed consequences are the result of receiving God’s revelation and heeding his odd but glorious instructions.
Friends, are you thankful for the divine revelation granted to you? Not everyone has the Word of God in their own language. Not everyone has a personal copy to which they can learn God’s truths every morning and night. Not everyone has digital copies to be utilized while on the road or sitting in a doctor’s office. Not everyone has study resources on the web which can aid in their understanding of God’s revelation. Not everyone has teachers and preachers called and gifted by the Lord to assist in teaching and applying God’s timeless counsel. And not everyone has the Holy Spirit dwelling within which is absolutely vital for heavenly enlightenment. Have you thought on these things and expressed your gratitude to the Lord for these blessings?
Are you wise stewards of the blessing given by the Lord? Are you diligent in your reading, study, and prayerful meditation of God’s Word? Are you taking advantage of the digital resources ever before you? Do you faithfully attend the teaching, preaching, and small group opportunities of your church? Friends, divine food is right before you; why be malnourished? God’s GPS System is ready for you to hear and follow. Good directions are right at your fingertips; why will you wander? O friends, let us not be conformed to the thinking of this world. Instead, let us be transformed by the never-erring Word of God. Have you read today? Will you read tonight? Will you be found in the congregation of learners on the Lord’s Day?
Finally, are you heeding the wisdom of your Savior? Incredible blessings follow God’s good counsel, and a host of sorrowful consequences can be avoided as you follow the gracious lead of the Wonderful Counselor. Read Psalm 1 and be reminded abain of the blessings that follow the diligent reading and heeding of God’s sacred counsel. No friends, you cannot escape all suffering and sad consequences by being people of the Word — the Word of God tells us such. However, you can escape much unneccesary suffering and troubling scars. Fellow sinners, God’s Word is a means of grace. It is something we do not deserve, and it tells of a love we cannot earn. It promises gifted blessings in abundance to those of us whose “days are few and very evil.” (47:9) It promises us grace not based upon obedience — this is the Gospel. However, God’s Word also graces us with inside information that has led to untold blessings for individuals, families, family trees, and certain cultures for centuries. It is true, “blessed are they who hear and do all that is commanded by the Lord.” (Lk. 11:28) Yes, for some unknown reason, we are people who possess the Book that contains divine revelation not possessed by all in the world. Oh friends, how blessed are we to be the people of grace, loved by the God of grace, led on our way by the Means of Grace every single day.