Happy Sunday, ladies! We are headed to church this morning, and I’m excited to say the sun is shining. Finally!
Over the last month, I’ve been studying the life of Joseph, Jacob, and Rachel’s son. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with Joseph, but his story is found in the book of Genesis.
His life is full of ups and downs, and yet through everything, Joseph remained faithful to God. Here is a short summary of his life:
- His brothers wanted to kill him but ended up selling him into slavery.
- He was eventually sold to Potiphar and became his personal servant, and subsequently his household’s superintendent. Here, Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph, which he refused. Angered by his running away from her, she made a false accusation of rape, and thus assured his imprisonment.
- While in prison, he was put in charge of prisoners. Joseph interpreted Pharoah’s dream while in prison and was eventually placed in charge of Egypt.
- Due to a famine, Joseph’s brothers meet in Egypt, and the family is eventually reunited.
There is so much that we can learn from Joseph’s life. One is that life is not fair, and it doesn’t always turn out the way we think it should, but there is hope in the midst of turbulent times.
Max Lucado, pastor, and author, says this about life…..
Life is a wonderful gift from God, and most people do all they can to hold on to the one they’ve been given. But let’s face it. Sometimes life can take you by surprise, and not in a good way. It can slap you upside the head and drag you down into a roiling sea of desperation, anger, hurt, confusion, pain, and any number of other feelings and emotions, you would rather not visit, much less make your abode.
At times, the clouds covering us from our undesired circumstances can be so dark, so oppressive, so consuming we question whether we will even survive, let alone dare to hope we could ever thrive again.
For some, the experience cuts so deep into the quick of life that the foundation of their faith quakes and they begin to doubt God, His goodness, His power, His care and awareness, even His very existence.
But, You’ll get through this.
It won’t be painless.
It won’t be quick.
But God will use this mess for good.
Don’t be foolish or naive.
But don’t despair either.
With God’s help, you’ll get through this.
One of the familiar verses from Joseph’s life is Genesis 50:20, You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.
Whatever you are going through today, know that God can take your mess and make it your message. Don’t lose hope!
Have a blessed day!
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