Monday, February 6, 2017
Pastor Mike gave a great message in church yesterday about the many heartbreaking experiences Joseph suffered in his life and how in the end, he realized it was all just part of God’s plan for his life to accomplish the Lord’s greater purpose. We all go through trials, sorrows, and experiences in our lives which leave us scratching our heads or even progress to the point where we think the Lord has forgotten us. Sometimes we think that no one has gone through worse things than ourselves and may even think that most people would not be able to handle what we just did. I’m sure Joseph entertained those thoughts. Yet, this is what the bible says about out trials and temptations: “No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13, the New English Translation NET) This eternal truth eventually played out in the life of Joseph and it will happen in ours too. Despite how bleak things may look, because we are God’s children, our end will be victorious.
This truth has been a blessing and a source of comfort to me as I’m sure it has to many of you as well. When consulted by some of God’s children who are going through difficult trials, I cannot explain to you the joy and comfort I get by being able to tell them “It’ll be alright” knowing that I’m not giving them false hopes. My promise is their promise.
Perhaps one or two of you are going through a rough stretch right now. Like Joseph and so many others, you may be thinking that God has forgotten, is angry with you, or is just flat out ignoring you. No, no, a thousand times, no! It’s all part of God’s plan for your life, a better way of bringing you to the place where He wants you. We don’t always understand what God is doing in our lives, but praise His name, we don’t have to. We just have to trust Him. Don’t despair! Even while you’re going through your trial, God’s hand will be upon your life whether or not you can believe that now. Wait upon Him and trust Him. It’ll be alright!
God’s promise for today: (Romans 8:28) “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”