Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 39)
Overcome: By Reunion
He fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. Moreover he kissed all his brothers and wept over them, and after that his brothers talked with him.
Genesis 45:14-15 (NKJV)
Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel; and he presented himself to him, and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while.
Genesis 46:29 (NKJV)
And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
Luke 15:20 (NKJV)
The greatest family reunion is the day we rejoin our Maker. But until that blessed time arrives, He gave us important work to do.
Consider Paul's deliberations: 'For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary...' (Philippians 1:21-24).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Is one of your roles in matchmaking? Not just with the perfect Bridegroom, but also to reconnect torn kin. Your no-matter-what, wide-open-arms can save countless lives, like Joseph did. Your no-matter-what, welcome-home-smile can inspire reconciliation.
Of John the Baptist, it is written: 'And he will go on before the Lord, in the Spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous--to make ready a people prepared for the Lord' (Luke 1:17).
Before our King's first big role on earth, John was His strong opening act. Before our Star's closing finale, you are His media messengers. Pray for the power of reunion. Encourage your fans toward this goal and do your best to example it.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.