As life takes an unexpected twist or turn, certain things don’t make sense. A typical response to unfortunate events is to question God wondering, “why is this happening to me?” When confronted with problems, struggles and worries, perhaps its time to consider these situations as an opportunity for God to meet us in the storms of life.
And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you, Genesis 45:5.
While his arrogance may have created the environment for hardship, Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused of a crime he didn’t commit, thrown into prison and forgotten after helping a member of the king’s service. Despite one disappointment after another, Joseph didn’t dwell in the past or throw a pity party, “woe is me.” Rather, Joseph saw his problems as a chance for the power of God to rescue him.
But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance, Genesis 45:7.
Amid these setbacks, God gave Joseph the strength to press on. Raising him up on wings like eagles, Joseph persevered until he found his true purpose in life. Sure, the path the Lord took him on was a long and winding road, but Joseph’s problem met God’s possibilities. If you find yourself spinning your wheels in 2016 or going around in circles, don’t lose hope. Rather claim the promise of Luke 1:37, with God all things are possible!
by Jay Mankus