But God was With Him
A Sermon on Acts 7:9-10
“And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him and rescued him out of all his afflictions and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. (ESV)
Is God in charge of every detail? We know He is sovereign over the universe, but what about on a moment by moment level? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains how from Genesis to Revelation, we see God at work on every level. This is true in the case of Abraham and the patriarchs as described all throughout the Old Testament. God is not abstract and above history, but He is very present in the world. He is actively working to bring about His great plan for the world. And what is His plan? It is nothing less than the salvation of all who believe though the death, burial, and resurrection of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. For God loves the world and He has acted in his Son to redeem it. Apart from His atoning work, there is no hope of salvation! Human effort cannot erase the guilt of sin or impress the holy God. So, the only hope for the world is not in man's efforts or schemes, but in God who has acted in the world through his Son and the Gospel. It is this Gospel alone that is the power of God to save and redeem. It is by God’s actions that the world will be redeemed, not human ingenuity and creativity. The church of today must proclaim this glorious truth of God and His plan and power to save through Christ Jesus.