“What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’”Romans 9:14-15
The Old Testament story of Joseph is a favorite of mine. I love how the Lord orchestrates everything—prison sentence included!—to position His servant to bless others (Genesis 45:4-8 and 50:20). Even amidst his darkest days, Joseph clung to God’s promises. His integrity and faith remained solid though his world caved in around him.
One notable day, two palace officials were jailed and entrusted to Joseph, who treated them with kindness. Neither of Pharaoh’s aids expected any mercy, not from their furious king, and never from a foreign-born slave accused of attacking an Egyptian captain’s wife.
Joseph’s compassion and Pharaoh’s pardoning his cupbearer, then, are both acts of grace: unearned gifts rather than rewards. Like the baker, we sinners deserve only God’s wrath. But due to His Son Jesus’ perfect sacrifice on the cross for our sins, God is eager to show grace and to forgive us. In His sovereignty, the Lord has chosen whom He will save: each and every repentant believer in Christ (John 6:37, 44). Come to Him today!
Although we’ll never deserve such favor, the Father chooses to love us in Christ. “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15)!