A frontlet is something taken from the Old Testament. Some OT believers would literally tie little boxes called 'frontlets' around their foreheads. "Therefore you should lay up these words in your heart and in your soul...may they be as frontlets between your eyes." Deut.11:18 Inside these boxes were reminders; mostly scripture readings and/or things to remind them of God. These devotions are based on this coming week's scripture readings and are intended to both remind you of God, receive the blessing of His Word (for it never returns void-Isaiah 55:11) and prepare your heart and mind for this, His Word for this Sunday.
Devotions for the Week
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EPIPHANY 7-Old Testament
TEXT: Genesis 45:3-15
TITLE: Our Predictable God
"So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God." Genesis 45:8
People can be predictable; especially in families. A couple of my wife's familiar lines when I say or do something predictable is-"I knew you were going to do (or say) that!" Or, ""You're so predictable!" For example, when I roll my eyes over her tv program selection. Or, when I rub my neck with pleading eyes for her to give me her deluxe (neck rub)! Or, when I can't help a gloating smirk in beating her in a board game!
Joseph and his family had something predictable happen to them. Though Joseph's childhood dreams spoke of his family showing him obeisance, none of them could've predicted what God had in store till after the fact. With God, nothing's unpredictable. And...everything is predictable (at least to Him). Why? Because He's both omniscient and omnipotent. Even though his brothers sold him, God was providing circumstances and events that eventually (predictably) lead Joseph to become both a ruler and an instrument of God for saving lives. Such predictability happens in our lives as well. Even though some things can happen that seem totally unpredictable, in time God reveals what He 'predictably' had in mind. Namely, gestures of His love. By faith, we can see God's predictability. We know God is working all things for good; including those events we can't see God's predictability, yet, we still accept them trusting in His ever predictable love. That's the bottom line; God's love is always predictable for we, His family!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Your loving predictability which provides us that peace which goes beyond our understanding and that only You can provide, in Jesus' Name, Amen.