29 Mar

Where is God in all of this?

Have you ever felt like Joseph of the Old Testament and wondered, where is God in all of this?

Joseph was the favored baby of Jacob’s family and his brothers resented him for it.

They hated him so much that they sold him to traders which ultimately landing him as a slave in the foreign land of Egypt.

Surely Joseph must have thought, “Where is God in all of this?”

It wasn’t great but he made the best of his circumstances and his master eventually put him in charge of his entire household.

Joseph was a handsome well built young man and he caught the lustful eye of his master’s wife. She obviously was not feeling loved by her husband so she tried her best to seduce the good looking slave boy into a love affair.

Joseph resisted. But like many foolish men, he found himself alone at work with a woman where nothing good ever results.

He kept his zipper up but he lost the coat off his back as the impassioned woman tore his cloths giving the appearance he was up to no good. Although innocent, a game of he said, she said ensued and ended up with Joseph in prison.

Surely Joseph must have thought, “Where is God in all of this?”

Fast forward the story and through a series of miraculous circumstances Joseph is redeemed and finds himself not only in charge of the a household but the entire Egyptian dynasty!

Throughout the entire ordeal scripture tells us The Lord was with Joseph and showed him his faithful love.

No wonder Joseph was later able to speak words of mercy and grace to his brothers as they sought desperate relief from a brutal famine. He said, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save lives of many people.”

Thousands of years later the New Testament reminds us that God never leaves us or forsakes us but rather like Joseph’s story, God is crafting a miraculous master plan for our lives.

When life gets tough and you wonder, “Where is God in all of this?” Mediate on the following verses and reflect on the life of Joseph.

Because of his faith and actions, people realized the Lord was with him and as a result he succeeded in all he did.
He succeeded as God defines success and no greater success exist among man!

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4

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