This is one of my favorite blocks in this quilt. It is so fun to watch the blocks come together. Are any of you joining me in making the Bible Sampler Quilt? I’d love to hear from you.
This quilt block is the final nod to the book of Genesis. The passage in chapter 45 has Joseph inviting his long-lost family to move to the land of Goshen where they can all be together and prosper through the coming years of famine. You can almost hear the glee in his voice as he reveals his true identity to his brothers. He is quick to assure them that all is forgiven because God used their evil plan to accomplish His good plan.
This is very important. Joseph tells us that God is sovereign over everything. I can’t resist jumping ahead to Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
If He was unable to use wickedness to further His plan, then evil would be outside of God’s control. If bad things happen to us, “chance” events occur that He has not ordained, then how could we put our trust in a God who is not in total control of both good and evil? Sovereignty matters.
God has ordained all things, good and evil. This is a hard truth to digest because I see bad things happen to good people. Innocents suffer. God hates this as much as we do; He works through the sin to achieve His worthy end. We can rejoice in the fact that nothing can be done to us outside of God’s will.
As we leave the book of Genesis I realize that everything we need to know about, well, everything – is contained in that one book. Of course, I have the knowledge gained from the rest of the Bible to use as context. What God began in Genesis, He will absolutely complete by Revelation. He is sovereign.