“Only think of me when it goes well with you, and please
show me kindness by mentioning me to Pharoah and get me
out of this house.
For in fact I was taken (stolen) from the land of the Hebrews
by [unlawful] force, and even here I have done nothing for
which they should put me in the dungeon.
Genesis 40:14, 15
I think you will agree with me that life gets crazy at times.
Being in the place God has called you to be is not easy at times.
There is joy, happiness and memorable moments but there is
the other stuff. There is the stuff that doesn’t make sense.
There is the stuff that makes you doubt what God told you.
There is the stuff that wants to make you throw in the towel….
Yes, I am talking about the call of God. All this stuff, the good,
the bad define purpose! Joseph knew this so well.
There was a time he wanted out! He felt betrayed and unfairly
treated. He was confused and hurt.
Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and
he placed the cup in Pharoah’s hand. But he hanged the chief
baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.
Yet the chief butler did not mention Joseph, but forgot him.
It would take two years before the butler remembered Joseph.
It wasn’t easy for him. He had to overcome a lot of things
on the road to fulfilling his purpose. He had to forgive a lot
of people. There was a lot of growing up that had to
happen. It was intense…..
“Now two sons were born to Joseph before the years of famine
came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, priest of On,
bore to him.
Joseph named the firstborn, Manasseh (causing to forget),
for he said, God has made me forget all my trouble and hardship
and all [the sorrow of the loss of] my father’s household.
Genesis 41:50, 51
All I want you to see are the hard times Joseph went through.
God had a plan in the midst of the pain and hardship.
The story of Joseph is one of my favourites. It reminds
me that no matter how bad things get, God has a plan.
When things seem at their worst, He has a plan. Don’t
give up. Don’t throw in the towel. When the odds are
stacked up high against you look to God. You are not
enough on your own! God will bring you through…..
We need to trust in His goodness friends. God is so good.
He is not partially good. He is all good. He has good things
in store for you. The fire you are in will not consume you. You
will come out victorious. There will be good times. There will
be laughter. There will be joy. He will fulfill what He planned for
you…..and that’s a promise!
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