But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God... --Genesis 45:7-8
Whenever I become troubled by crazy things that happen to me, I turn to the story of Joseph in the Bible. There was somebody who really went through bizarre circumstances! But think about it...
If Joseph had not been sold to those caravan traders by his wicked brothers, he would not have been sold as a slave to Pharaoh. And if Joseph had not become Pharaoh's right-hand man, no one would have thought to build giant grain silos to ward off the seven-year famine. And if the famine hadn't happened, Jacob and his family would never have come to Egypt for food and safety. And if Jacob's family weren't in Egypt, there would have been no slave laborers. And if no slaves, no Exodus. And no Mt. Sinai and the giving of the law to Moses. And no Promise Land. And, finally, no line of Judah from which the Messiah, Jesus Christ, would come.
It is enthralling to see how the troubles of one young man named Joseph could kick-start a whole chain of earth-shaking events which would ultimately lead to our salvation. Oh, the wisdom and knowledge of God!
Joseph's story could be yours. Only heaven will reveal the incredibly complex intertwining of events in which you have played a pivotal role. Like Joseph, you may not be able to discern it at the time, but God has it all in hand... he has it all in control... and you, dear friend, are needed in his marvelous plan to spread his kingdom in your corner of the world.
God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, thank you for the awe-inspiring lessons about your sovereignty which you teach us through the story of Joseph. Thank you for your dominion and rule, not only in his life, but mine.
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