The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was a man whose deeply held religious faith brought him peace. In 1998, after Scalia attended the funeral of Justice Lewis Powell at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Virginia, he wrote a letter to Dr. James Goodloe, who conducted the service.
God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.
“I have attended so many funerals of prominent people that I consider myself a connoisseur of the genre,” said Scalia. “When the deceased and his family are nonbelievers, of course, there is not much to be said except praise for the departed who is no more. But even in Christian services conducted for deceased Christians, I am surprised at how often eulogy is the centerpiece of the service, rather than (as it was in your church) the resurrection of Christ and the eternal life which follows from that.”
Just as Joseph from today’s verse was a leader used by God to impact a nation, there are men in women in the halls of government today who love the Lord. Pray for more leaders who keep Him as the centerpiece of their lives. Ask God to enable them to uphold biblical principles and to take opportunities to publicly honor Him.
Recommended Reading: Genesis 45:4-15