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A Series of Unfortunate Events

       A Series of Unfortunate Events                      

“I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon” (Genesis 40:15).

Scripture: Genesis 40:9–15
Song: “Safely, Safely Gathered In”

The newscast that night caught my attention. A man charged and convicted of a ghastly crime would soon be released from prison. The court system and his attorneys had reopened the case after they discovered certain inconsistencies. After evaluating the new DNA evidence, the jury exonerated him of any crime. Such testing methods were not available during his first trial, so he’d spent 15 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. Even so, the man did not appear sad or angry. Instead, he was looking forward to redeeming the time he had lost.

With advances in crime scene investigation, some people wrongly incarcerated are enjoying freedom, a new lease on life. Joseph found himself in a similar situation. A series of events landed him in an underground prison cell. Yet he had done nothing wrong. Still, he didn’t allow his imprisonment to sour his spiritual outlook. He used the situation to tell people about his faith in God.

God often uses adversity to birth a greater purpose for our lives. In Joseph’s case, he earned an Egyptian pardon and became Pharaoh’s highest-ranking advisor. Exercising patience and trusting God worked for Joseph, and it can for us as well.

O Lord, without all the facts, people are prone to misjudge. When that happens, remind me to pray for wisdom and to trust You for the outcome. Through Christ, amen.

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2012 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Canceling the Code

Judge's rulingCanceling the Code   

Having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; [God] took it away, nailing it to the cross (Colossians 2:14).

Scripture: Colossians 2:11–19  

Song: “At the Cross”

“Well, how do you plead?” asked the judge at traffic court. “As guilty as the serpent in the Garden of Eden,” replied the minister. Bewildered, the judge asked Dale to explain his answer.

Dale told him that in the garden, Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, but the serpent had no one to blame. “And neither do I, so I’m guilty as charged.”

The judge laughed at the minister’s reply. “That’s the most sincere plea I’ve heard in years, and it’s refreshing too.” Amused with his honesty, the judge dismissed the case and forgave Dale’s speeding ticket.

Seldom are offences forgiven, especially when we are truly guilty. But that is exactly what happened on the cross. With His atoning death, Jesus paid the penalty for sin and canceled the written code against us. Although the Old Testament was a good tutor, we no longer need to keep its numerous laws and regulations. Now, only one code is expedient: that we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Dear Father, Your Son’s sacrifice removed the barriers that separated me from You. Your new covenant gives me hope for the future and the freedom to serve You daily. Thank You. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

“Canceling the Code” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2010 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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