God's Purposes

Calvin Malefyt

READ : 1 Samuel 10:22-27; 12:20-25 For the Lord will not forsake his people. (12:22) The Lord accomplishes his purposes in the world even through leaders who do not know him. Saul was anointed king that he might bring to pass the divine plan for Israel. The people had to be united under a dynamic, central leader in order to withstand the military, social, and spiritual pressures of alien tribes. A centralized nation was required as a suitable vehicle and …

Misfortune Reversed

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Genesis 50:15-21 There are striking similarities between Joseph and Christ. Joseph was his father’s favorite even as Jesus was the beloved Son of the Father. Joseph was hated by his brethren and sold into slavery. Jesus was hated by the Jewish leaders and betrayed for money. Joseph suffered intensely when he was falsely accused of crimes he did not commit. Jesus was accused of crimes of which he was innocent. Joseph was summoned to stand before Pharaoh and …

Is Suffering a Friend?

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Psalm 105:16-22 Joseph was the favorite son of Jacob and Rachel. Jacob was unwise in treating him with favors his brothers did not receive. Nor was Joseph wise in describing youthful dreams of power and authority. His brothers hated him for this. The story is a wretched one with a surprise ending. Instead of killing Joseph, Judah suggested that they sell him into slavery. “His brothers agreed” (Genesis 37:27), then covered their crime by an atrocious deception. Again …

Face to Face With God

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Genesis 32:22-32 Sooner or later we will face a crisis larger than we can handle. It may be in relationships, in health, on the job, or in money matters. Jacob dealt with crises dishonestly and by running away. He was tied by the cords of his own deceits. His betrayal of his brother Esau was now coming back to haunt him. And he was terrified. The Lord often gets our attention through adversity. So we utter desperate prayers. …