Even When Things Go Wrong God is In Control, The Best Gift is For You
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. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
The things that occur in life, whether because of choices we make, or things that are done against us, may at times be difficult.
We may face calamity. We may have loss. We may see says of great sorrow. We may be mistreated or rejected. We may be belittled or mishandled. Joseph saw days like these.
He was immature and too verbal. He was to quick to speak and to be open to share. His brothers became jealous of him. His foolish father was open with his favoring of Joseph. His coat of many colors caused quite a conroversy. His siblings grew fired of the unmerited gifts Joseph continued to receive from their father. Some things happened to him because of his own verbal flowing out. And other things happened because of the illnfeelings his brothers developed for him.
Either way, Joseph was signaled out. He was chosen to be the one whom was diplaced, rejected, sold out. He was sent away.
Seemingly he went from bad to worse confinually. Abused, hated and sold. Wow talk about a bad rap. He then gets on his master’s good list. He seems to have favor with his new employer. Then he gets signaled out again. This time the Master’s wife has a thing for him. She tries to seduce him Jesoph, being a respectful, descent guy, says, no way, I’m out of here. He then gets thrown in prison for a crime he did not commit. The woman gets angry and lies, cried out, rape, rape. Man oh man. Talk about a bad deal. Then Joseph gains favor even in the prison. He then helps some men within the prison. They promise to remember his good deeds and advocate for him. But and people do, the man he helped, forgot all about Jodeph. Isn’t this always how it is? We do good for others and people forget. People ignore, disregard and simply move on. Well, this is just how it was for Jospeh. Eventually, the man remembers Jospeh when the ruler of the land has a dream that no none can interpret for him. Then the man from the prison recalls how Joseph had helped him. Joseph is called and things start looking looking good again. Eventually his own brothers suffer along with the rest oft the land. And they end up in front of Joseph asking for help. The sto Rd y has an amazing ending. He forgives his brothers. He acknowledges that all things worked together for their good. Because God was in control the famine in the land was for seen acknowledge Joseph had made provision for all. The curse ans the bad rap he had gotten was acknowlendll turned to gladness as Joseph was able to see that regardless of the negative past, the sufferings and the hardships he had gone through, God had orchestrated it all harmoniously in order to save many.
We may be facing trials, difficulties and moments of great sorrow. Loss is is a part of life. We can be accused of wrong doing. We may be overlooked or despised. But for those whom God has called for a purpose all things will be for the good. God uses calamity, hardship, loss, pain and sorrow as his tools to make us vessels worthy of being used. He forms character in Joseph. He matured Jospeph. God molded Jospeh in ever trial. God utiled every tear and every cry to create in Jospeh a man that would stand. He made Joseph the head and not the tail. He caused him to be humbled so He could exalt him. God is the Potter, we are the clay. He is the Author and Fisnisher of our faith. He is the one who makes Beauty out of ashes.
Oh today, whatever you may be facing, know this, God is able to make all things new. Illness does not have to define you. Loss does not have to determine you outcomes. Your willingness to surrender to God is what will allow you to see His glory manifested in your life. Christ Jesus came so that you can have life. Christmas is a time rhat causes many to have sorrow. It seems to magnify pain and loneliness for some. Yet today, today can be the day where God can turn tour weeping in to dancing. Today you can see that every tear she’d brought you to the place where you are. Now you can surrender and transfer over your sorrow for gladness. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that wosovever chooses to belive in Him, shall not perish, die, be lost, but instead have ever lasting life. Wow, talk about ad change of events. You can exchange your chaos with the Prince of Peace. He will give you rest. You can exchange your sins, your mistakes, your poor choices and receive grace. Mercy is extended for you. Forgiveness and newness of life. Your future can be secure in the one who is able to make you new.
Oh, my prayer this Christmas is that the Christmas Child will be not just a story. My prayer is that, that story that began in Bethelehem, continued in Nazareth, excalated to the tragedy of the Cross and culminated at the Empty tomb, as the Risen Jesus rose from the dead to give you and me life…
My prayer is, that you would receive the truth. God who is in control desires to give to as hope and a future (Jeremiah 29″11).
Just as He was put down, suffered, was rejected and then died for us. Like Joseph, God orchestrated it all to cause you and me to come to a hope and to experience peace.
Oh if only I could persuade you. God’s love was shown Inc that while we were yet sinners Christ Jesus died for us. He made an way for us to receive the Bread of life. Our life of wanting can become a life of blessing.
Won’t you receive the gift of Christmas. Christ with us. Emmanuel has come to make all things new. Come receive Him. Let this Christmas be the one to remember.
May God bless you.