Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Joseph & His no good very bad days...

Ever have days where it would seem the cards are really stacked against you?  How do you deal with those days?  How do you walk this journey of faith when so many disappointments hit you square in the face.

Have you taken the time to read Joseph's story from the book of Genesis.  Wow!  End of the book of Gensis,  Joseph is again reassuring his brothers that harm will not come to them for all the the things they did to Joseph.  Do you want a redemption sound byte from scripture.  Genesis 50:20 "You intended to harm me but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."

Our Messiah, Jesus, would not come for centuries, yet you can see how God is telling His incredible upper Story.  Joseph's life is a precursor, reminding that though man plans for evil, God redeems for good.  Beuty for ashes.  Life from death.  Man fails, but God prevails.........EVERY TIME!

Perhaps we need to embrace even the New Testament scripture from Romans 8, verse 28 that states, "In all things God works for the good of those who live him, who have been called according to His purpose."  Can you think of a situation in your own life where you need to embrace and indeed, experience this truth?

This week, I am working on having the mind that Joseph had.  Instead of becoming bitter, even when betrayed, I will trust God.  And I will work on the forgiveness factor in my life too.  Are there people in your life difficult to forgive?  How do you go about doing this?

Take time this week   to see where God is shaping you...even in hard times.  Ask god for eyes to see even the tough situations....then pray for courage.  I have been meditating on Romans 5:8 this week.  Try it.
"But God demonstrated his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Understanding God's grace helps my forgiveness factor.

See you this weekend. God has great things in store!

Chuck

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