When Someone Sins Against Me

Some time after this, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker committed an offense against their lord the king of Egypt. And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, and he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined. Genesis 40:1-3

God does not redeem sin for an unbeliever. He is not their Father, and covenant promises don’t apply. But when someone sins against His children, God is active and the redemptive process is working for His glory.

Joseph is in prison, a place where it is easy for him to fear that God is inactive. His privacy is interrupted when he is given two cellmates, both strangers to him. They have sinned against Pharaoh, and while Joseph isn’t in a relationship with Pharoah, nor does he have a relationship with the cupbearer and baker, their sins will have a direct impact on his life. The sins of the baker and cupbearer will eventually result in Joseph gaining an audience with the Pharaoh. If Joseph could know that their sins would somehow be useful to him, he could never guess how.

Nor can I predict how the sins of those around me will impact my future. At the very least, they will afford me wisdom as I learn the patterns and progressions of sinful choices.  God is aware and working in every situation that has anything to do with me. I have met no one by mistake. I have worked for no one by mistake. I have not suffered at the hands of anyone by mistake. I have not been betrayed by mistake. The sins committed by all those in proximity to me are woven into my redemptive storyline.

It’s all emotionally complicated because I am grieved when I watch other people sin, whether in my family, my church or within my circle of friends. Because I have no control over them and their sin is hurting others, it can feel hopeless. In this web, however, are God’s hidden gifts. Someone who is sinning nearby me may be used by God to advance me, or to teach me, or to wound me so that I can experience the double fold blessing of God’s healing and redemption.  

Let faith well up in me at the announcement of such good news. My life is in Your good hands, Father. Amen

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  1. You will never know how much God uses your posts to bless my life. They are so applicable to daily living for someone who is a seeker. God bless you, Christine!

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