Have you ever been hurt by someone else’s actions? Have you ever felt like life wasn’t being fair to you? Do you have a broken relationship, a wayward child? Have you lost someone you love?
Most of us could raise our hand to at least one of the above. It’s easy to lose hope when we feel like our life is out of control or that our problems are insurmountable.
Scripture is full of men and women who also faced hurt and disappointments.
Joseph (Jacob and Rachel’s son) is a perfect example of someone whose life is full of ups and downs, and yet through everything, Joseph remained faithful to God (His story is found in Genesis (37–50).
Here is a 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 servant and, subsequently, his household’s superintendent. 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.
We can learn a lot from Joseph’s life. One is that life is unfair and doesn’t always turn out how we think it should. But there is HOPE.
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.
God can make good out of difficult seasons. How do I know? Because I’ve seen Him do it in my own life.
For me, my hope is found in Jesus. When life is hard or uncertain, when I’ve messed up, or I’m overwhelmed with grief, He is my hope. I’m so thankful for Jesus!
Let your beauty shine from the inside out today!