The Grandmothers of Jesus | Redeeming the Unredeemable | Becoming Acquainted with God
Do you ever feel forgotten or neglected by God? Do some parts of your story seem unfixable? Have you ever asked where God is in your story? Sometimes the middle moments can feel long and frustrating. We must remember that God can resolve what seems unresolvable. The story of Tamar and Joseph reminds us of this truth. How God can work wonders without seeming to be working at all. This week in Come, Follow Me we will be studying Genesis 37-41.
“The Judah-Tamar interlude is, therefore, not merely an old tribal tale but an important link in the main theme: to show the steady, though not always readily visible guiding hand of God who never forgets His people and their destiny.
In this story, Tamar is His unlikely tool. She is a Canaanite, a daughter of the very people against whom Abraham had warned and whom the Children of Israel would later displace. Tamar is treated with respect; her desperate deed draws no condemnation from the Torah. What she did fulfilled the requirements of Hebrew law and, in addition, appeared to serve the higher purposes of God.”
“Yet, though ‘known to God’ were all these ‘His works from the beginning,’ all parties were allowed, in the free exercise of their own choice, to follow their course, ignorant that all the while they were only contributing their share towards the fulfillment of God’s purposes. And in this lies the mystery of Divine Providence, that it always worketh wonders, yet without seeming to work at all — whence also it so often escapes the observation of men. Silently, and unobserved by those who live and act, it pursues its course, till in the end all things are seen “to work together” for the glory of God, and “for good to them that love God, that are the called according to His purpose.”
“Here, then, is a great truth. In the pain, the agony, and the heroic endeavors of life, we pass through a refiner’s fire, and the insignificant and the unimportant in our lives can melt away like dross and make our faith bright, intact, and strong. In this way the divine image can be mirrored from the soul. It is part of the purging toll exacted of some to become acquainted with God. In the agonies of life, we seem to listen better to the faint, godly whisperings of the Divine Shepherd.”
President Faust Quote “Refined in Our Trials,” Liahona, Feb. 2006, 2–7