Pastor Rob Dietzel

Outreach & Men's Ministry Pastor

GENESIS 38

As a father of three, I can recall the days of constant interruptions. Often times our oldest son would come running up to Cari or me just BURSTING to tell us something on his mind regardless of whether we were already talking to someone.

Well he used to.

That was before Cari came up with this truly genius little technique.

We explained to him that if he wanted to talk and someone is already speaking, he needed to place his hand on our wrist and wait. Instead of interrupting, he simply placed his hand on my wrist and waited. I would place my hand over his to acknowledge him and continue my conversation. Once the conversation was done I’d give him my complete attention.

So simple. So gentle. So respectful.

It took some practice and a few light taps on our own wrists as gentle reminders but I am happy to report that the interrupting stopped. Not only did it stop but he also trained his younger twin brothers to do the same!

Speaking of interruptions…

Genesis 38 is a significant interruption in our story of Joseph. In chapter 37 we learn how Joseph (and thus the entire nation of Israel) would end up in Egypt rather than Canaan. In the midst of Joseph’s narrative, chapter 38 tells us why this destination trip was necessary. This trip was necessary because the people of Israel needed to be separated from the evil people of the lands. This is clear from the actions described in Chapter 38.

The influence of these evil people on Judah and his family are exposed. Not only did his children commit wicked deeds, Judah himself participated in great immorality. The evil powers at work behind this sin are still at work today; yet the same God who providentially conquered evil and sin is alive and well and unchanging this very day.

While most parents would agree that their children don’t want to wait for anything, let’s be completely honest that most of us still hate waiting for what we want.

Yet some of the greatest figures in the Bible — Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David — all had to wait for many years for God’s promises. Everything that happened in the meantime was used to prepare them, inwardly as well as outwardly. Then, when they reached their promise, they were blessed beyond measure.

God invites us to trust in His goodness today and his faithfulness tomorrow. A simple and easy trick for us to experience His love and peace is to stop interrupting His timing and relinquish control to our heavenly Father. It unites our hearts with His. It creates a level of maturity and character that we will take with us into the future, and it enables us to enjoy his future blessings all the more.

Psalm 27:14 – “Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!”