Where Can I Turn Devo
Daily Reading: (Genesis 37:29-30):
“When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes, He went back to his brothers and said, “The boy isn’t there! Where can I turn now?”
Approximately 3700 years later when things seem to go wrong and there is no one who can help us, we might ask the same question that Reuben asked, “where can I turn?” God will immediately answer Reuben’s question and many people have missed it.
In this moment in time, Reuben discovers that Joseph is not in the cistern where he left him, apparently the decision to sell Joseph into slavery was made when Reuben wasn’t there for the vote. We learn of Reuben’s intentions and they are to return Joseph safely back to their father. “Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father” (Genesis 37:22b).
Reuben’s plan to protect his younger brother failed, and he tears his clothes as a sign of mourning. This is what he says, “Where can I turn now?” Have you ever felt that way before? All your best-laid plans don’t work out, you tried to do something good and it blew up in your face, and you are standing over this empty void, all your hard work and nothing to show for it, or worse the report you receive is devastating news, and you ask, “where can I turn now?”
If we were left with that question in our own life with no answer, tragedies of life could haunt us forever. When the worst news is received to have an answer for where we can turn is of utmost importance. The Bible gives us the answer to Reuben’s question but most do not see it. Immediately after his heart-wrenching question what is said?
“Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe” (Genesis 37:31-32).
Reuben probably felt as though he threw that question out into the universe, and there would be no answer for it. He had no idea that what came next was a foreshadowing to the answer, “where can I turn?” and that answer is Jesus, the Lamb of God who was slain for our sins. His sacrifice of Himself gave us His righteousness and we are restored in relationship to God, God as our Father. Being a part of the royal family means we have direct access to His throne. The One with ultimate power, authority, and love for us is the One who we can turn to.
Joseph points us to Jesus and we immediately see it in Genesis 37:31 right after the question where do I turn? Both Joseph and Jesus stripped of their coats (Genesis 37:23, John 19:23). We have their coat was dipped in blood (Genesis 37:31, Revelation 19:13). Both were sold by one of the 12 named Judah. In the Greek Judah is Judas (Genesis 37:26-27, (Matthew 26:15, 27:9). Joseph was apparently put to death, Jesus truly was by their own people to get them out of the way (Genesis 37:18-28, Acts 2:22-23). Reuben wanted to rescue Joseph (Genesis 37:21-22) and Pilate wanted to rescue Jesus (Matthew 27:24). Joseph was sold as a slave to Egypt (Genesis 37:26-28). Jesus was betrayed for the price of a slave (Matthew 26:15, Exodus 21:32, Zechariah 11:12-13).
One of the most important questions that anyone could ever ask is, “where do I turn?”, it has an answer and that answer is found in Jesus. Because the truth is if we all would turn our attention to the One who is our success, who purchased for us to have His divine abundant life, we would be able to declare like the Psalmist, “Lord you are good to me”. I might not understand all of what I am going through, my best-made plans may just crumble before me, just like they did for Reuben, but ultimately your plan is a plan of salvation (Genesis 50:20).
The dreams Joseph was given were fulfilled and ultimately it resulted in the salvation of the 12 brothers, their parents, and many more lives. When trouble comes, look to Jesus where you will find salvation for what has come against you.