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He Is the One with the Plan

on January 13, 2012

Today I am reflecting on the life of Joseph.  He was the beloved son of his father, Jacob.  However, his father’s favoritism didn’t really do Joseph any favors.  Instead, his brothers grew very envious and sold him to the Ishmeelites, who took him to Egypt.  Despite Joseph’s misfortune, God was still with him.  He was made an overseer of the land and was well-favored.  His good favor didn’t last long with his master’s wife, though.  After doing the right thing and refusing to lie with her, Joseph was falsely accused and thrown into prison.  God’s favor was with Joseph in prison as well, and eventually he was released from prison and made a ruler over all of Egypt.

The part of the story that truly proves Joseph’s good character and faith in God is when his brothers come to town.  Because of the famine in the land, Joseph’s brothers went to Egypt to buy food.  After a few dealings with his brothers, Joseph finally reveals himself to them.  They were troubled, at first.  I’m sure they expected Joseph to be angry with them.  However, Joseph comforts them in Genesis 45:5 when he says, “Now therefore, be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.”

Joseph had every right to be angry with them.  They betrayed him and let their envy change his life forever.  However, Joseph chose to look to God’s perfect plan despite his adverse circumstances.  You and I can learn a great lesson from Joseph’s attitude.  When faced with difficult situations and troublesome times, we want to give up.  We don’t understand how God could possibly use the negative trials we are facing for our benefit, and we become bitter.  We no longer seek God’s presence or plan for us because it seems like everything we do just doesn’t work out.

Today I challenge you to develop an attitude and perspective like that of Joseph.  Realize that God can use every difficult situation you face for your benefit and His glory.  Although your path may seem difficult at times, keep looking to God…because He is the one with the plan.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

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