Today's encouragement comes from Genesis 41:42, where we read these words:
"Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck."
Jacob, Joseph's father, had put a beautiful robe on his favored son (Joseph). Potiphar's wife, seeking to set Joseph up, had kept his garment as alleged evidence of wrongdoing. In prison, Joseph wore clothing unworthy of the pharaoh's audience. But now, the king of Egypt puts royal attire on Joseph.
So it is for all of God's children, in this life. The Lord's good intention to crown His churchmen is always there. But we have to learn the hard lessons of sin, repentance, and perseverance, before experiencing the resurrected life in Jesus, as regal children. (In other words, the cross precedes the resurrec-tion.)
[Puritan quote of the day: "Men void of grace are dead; they have breath, yet lack life. They are walking ghosts, (Eph. 2:1).” —Thomas Watson, in his ser-mon, "The Beauty of Grace"]