Thursday, June 23, 2011

WITH God: Through Trials

Most of us are familiar with the story of Joseph.  If you're not, read Genesis 37, 39 through 47.  (You can read Genesis 38 if you're feeling extra bold.)

Here is a quick summary of all of the bad stuff that Joseph goes through: he is thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, wrongfully accused of sexual misconduct, thrown in prison, and forgotten in prison.

If we're going to be honest, most of us have not had that bad of a run.  Look at these verses in Genesis light of the crazy trials Joseph went through:
  • 39:2 The Lord was with Joseph. He was successful and lived in the household of his Egyptian master.
  • 39:21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him kindness. He granted him favor in the sight of the prison warden
  • 39:23 The warden did not concern himself with anything that was in Joseph’s care because the Lord was with him and whatever he was doing the Lord was making successful.
  • 41:16 Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “It is not within my power, but God will speak concerning the welfare of Pharaoh.”
  • 41:51-52 Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, saying, “Certainly God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s house.”  He named the second child Ephraim, saying, “Certainly God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”
  • 45:4-8 Then he said, “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. Now, do not be upset and do not be angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you to preserve life! For these past two years there has been famine in the land and for five more years there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. God sent me ahead of you to preserve you on the earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now, it is not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me an adviser to Pharaoh, lord over all his household, and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
The inescapable conclusion?  God is WITH you, even in the midst of trials.

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