The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, July 25th comes to us from Alex Jordon of Texas.
Genesis 50:15-21 NRSV 15 Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” 16 So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, 17 “Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, “We are here as your slaves.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? 20 Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. 21 So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.
I was born in Ryzan, Russia, in 1999. My parents were alcoholics who took me to bars when I was very young. A few days after my third birthday they lost their rights to keep me, and I was placed in an orphanage. The orphanage was full – about 40 kids, including my brother. I was too young at the time to understand what was happening, so I just went along.
When I was four, an American couple adopted me and brought me to Fort Worth, Texas, where my new life began. I grew up with three American sisters and my brother, Kole, who was also adopted from Russia. My parents put me in a good school where I received an amazing education, which eventually brought me to college where I plan to study business management.
When I was in the orphanage, I had no clue what my life was going to look like. But God knew. God sent loving parents to adopt me and raise me to be the best person I can be. I do not know what my future holds, but I know it will be used to glorify God’s kingdom.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for turning our night into day – redeeming us and giving us second chances. Amen.
– Alex Jordon
In life, we will face our share of good days and bad days. At times, our bad days may seem to outweigh our good days and we’ll find ourselves wondering: Why us? Yet, in all things, we can rely upon our loving God to offer us comfort and guidance. Every day will not be filled with joy and laughter, indeed, some tears will inevitably fall. However, we can trust that God is with us through all our good days and bad days.