People Can Change
Daily Bible Reading – Genesis 44-46; Luke 18
Today’s Key Passage – Genesis 44:1-34
A few days ago, we read about Judah when he was a younger man. Judah led the charge to sell his brother Joseph into slavery because of his jealousy (Genesis 37:27), and then lied to his father Jacob about what had happened (Genesis 37:32). He later visited a prostitute (Genesis 38:16), but then wanted to have his daughter-in-law killed for being a prostitute (Genesis 38:24). The picture we saw of Judah in these early years was not a good one. He was a jealous, deceitful, and selfish man who did not seem to care about how his actions would affect anyone else. Now, years later, we see a much different person. While pleading his case to Joseph, he does not try to concoct an elaborate lie but instead tells the absolute truth. When faced with his brother Benjamin becoming a slave, he was willing to sacrifice himself in order to save Benjamin. The Judah we read about in chapter 37 and 38 was a changed man.
Some people, prior to conversion, believe they are too bad to come to God. Some people run from Him because of the shame they feel over the things they have done in the past. After conversion, some people look at others and think they are too far gone to give their lives to Christ. When they see a person who has done horrible things, they immediately think the person cannot be saved. The story of Judah (as well as countless other stories in the Bible) illustrates a very simple point – people can change. None of us have the ability to change ourselves, but God can bring tremendous changes to people’s lives. I can honestly say that I am a completely different person then I used to be – I think differently than I used to think and I act differently than I used to act. Many of you can probably say the same thing. I know that the change that took place in my life had nothing to do with what I did, but instead it has everything to do with what God did in me. If you are ever ready to give up hope on yourself or on someone else, remember the story of Judah. Remember how a broken man was made right by God. Remember that God has the power to change each of us. Remember that people can change.
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