[CF Devotionals] 2017-10-09 - Royal Living

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The sister of Tahpenes bore him a son named Genubath, whom Tahpenes brought up in the royal palace. There Genubath lived with Pharaoh's own children. (1 Kings 11:20)

It’s all who you know. Tahpenes’ sister met her husband through Pharaoh, her brother-in-law. Tahpenes’ sister and Hadad had a son, Genubath, but Queen Tahpenes raised him in the royal palace where the boy lived with his cousins.

There could be thousands of reasons why Genubath was raised by his aunt. His mother could have had a debilitating sickness, reneged on her responsibility, or thought it was best for her son to be raised by a queen in a palace. Should I be sad Genubath never knew his mother or relieved? Genubath is fortunate his aunt Tahpenes was willing to raise her nephew as her own.

Once on an elementary school field trip, my class visited a historical mansion. It had grand, marble staircases, chandeliers in ever room, and fancy furniture we were not allowed to touch. While I never sought to live in such a magnificent home, I imagine Genubath lived in such a grand place.

I cannot fathom raising children in such a home, afraid of spills and stains. Hide and seek could take all day amidst the large grounds. Luxurious living sounds wonderful, and your child would never lack for anything, but I wonder did Genubath miss out on being an ordinary kid?

Lord, I am thankful You are working things out for my good. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.


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