Is This A Sick Joke!

July 10, 2012 — 4 Comments

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It’s possible to find divine favor in your most difficult situation. Just writing that first sentence feels like a sick joke to me. It feels unnatural to think God is at work in your life when everything around you seems to be screaming that He is missing from your every decision. Your difficult situation is screaming to your heart that God has left you, abandoned you…forgotten you. Maybe that’s where you find yourself today. Maybe that’s where you have been for a long while now. So, what do you do? How do you make it through? Has God really walked out on you?

In my life, when those times seek to own my heart and mind, I reflect on the life of Joseph and find comfort.

Joseph had a way of taking control of his difficult situations before they took control of him.

He masted his every situation for the glory and service of God. He didn’t allow his difficult situations to define his life…he stayed surrendered to God’s every turn and direction change that was placed into his life. He knew that pain wins if you fail to see where God is using it to direct your next steps.

In every trial Joseph never complained against God. If you ask me that sounds like Jesus. Jesus never complained either.

Summary Of His Life

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers but he never complains to God. He ends up being sold to Potiphar, where he finds divine favor in a difficult situation. He is promoted over the whole house of Potiphar. Then he ends up being falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and thrown into prison. It’s hard not to become bitter when you are doing everything right and yet life seems to keep throwing you curve balls.

However, the scriptures tell us, “But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison.” Remember my first sentence of this post? It’s possible to find divine favor in your most difficult situation.

He ends up helping a cupbearer  and a baker with their dreams. He tells the cupbearer he was going to be let out of prison and restored to his position.  In turn, Joseph asked the cupbearer to simply remember him when he was released from prison. That doesn’t happen. The chief cupbearer did not remember and forgot him. The first verse in Genesis 41 shows that he was left there another two years.

However, between- (Gen 40:23) “Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph but forgot him.” and ( Gen 41:1) “after 2 years Pharaoh dreamed” – I find a strange comfort that brings me peace and you should as well.  Another divine favor was about to be found in his most difficult situation.

 How It Ends

1. He interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams

2. He is promoted to the highest position

3. He ends up having his family restored

4. The secret of his staying power in difficult times is finally revealed.

Genesis 45:8 “So it was not you who sent me here, but God.” (Speaking to his brothers who sold him into slavery)

Genesis 50: 20 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. (Speaking to his brothers God’s perfect plan)

No matter what you are going through…It’s possible to find divine favor in your most difficult situation.

 

What are you thoughts? I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment.

 

 

Steve Wright

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Lead Pastor of Legacy Church and Author of The Descent to Compassion

4 responses to Is This A Sick Joke!

  1. Joseph is a great reminder to always look beyond ourself to understand what God is doing in our difficult times. All he went through was part of God’s plan to bless OTHERS. This is often true for us as well.

    When we share God’s heart to love others we will be better equipped to see and accept when our circumstance is part of God’s love for them.

  2. You are so right Albert. We truly do need to look beyond ourself to others. It truly is about His glory and His purpose. We just need to look beyond our pain and see the greater work ahead. Thanks for the comment and thanks for visiting the blog.

  3. I feel like I’m in a “Joseph situation” for quite some time. Life didn’t go the way I thought it would go. Even when things seemed to better up the next bad(?) thing happened. But knowing God for bringing me through difficult times in my life several times already I believe with all I am that His favour rests on me while I trust Him, don’t complain and be patience till He will have put all in place so He will get the glory due to Him alone!

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