Friday, 12 August 2011

God often brings wonder out of disaster

Life is full of challenges. There are times when you go through a lot and you may ask why me? But how does it feel when later on you’re made to understand that actually you went through all that hassle for the sake of others? If you’re Christ Jesus then that is understandable, but not when you’re Joseph, the eleventh son of Jacob.

His brothers made a choice for him and though it initially looked like a disaster it later turned to be good news, not only for the young man but the entire family. His brothers decided that he would not live under the same roof with them to be pampered by their father. Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, yet rose to become the most powerful man in Egypt next to Pharaoh.

Are you going through lots of life challenges? Be careful what you do during this period.
Joseph was sold to serve Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s guard. Joseph found favour in the sight of Potiphar and so he became his personal servant. After some time, Potiphar’s wife began to desire Joseph and sought to have an affair with him. As young man on a foreign land he could said what do I care? It was my own brothers who put me through this and succumb to pressure.

Despite her persistence, he refused to have sex with her for fear of sinning against God. Joseph fled the sexual demands of Potiphar’s wife. He was later falsely accused and charged of sexual assault and put into prison.

Do you see how God can pretend He hasn’t seen what you’re going through? First, he was sold into slavery by his own brothers, and now he’s falsely accused of sexual assault and put into prison. The young man had fled the sexual demands for the sake of God. Doesn’t that alone warrant some intervention by God? The same way we’ve given up so many things for the sake of God yet life battles us left, right and centre. Does what you’re going through come closer to what Joseph went through? Couldn’t God have intervened in your situation? Take heart. The bend road is not the end road. God sometimes allow us to fall into a situation when we have no choice at all to prove a point. You might be in that situation for the sake of others. It sounds crazy isn’t it, that God can allow us to face difficulties for your own good, family, or a community. God is the porter, we are the clay. God can do anything to the clay. When our lives are dislocated wonderful things can happen. Everything happens for a reason.

It’s worth noting the attitude of Joseph when he had face to face encounter with his brothers. Many people can’t bring themselves to forgive their family members for something they did years ago. After all what they put him through Joseph was able to forgive and welcome the family into his household. He allowed them to enjoy from the numerous wealth he had acquired. Are your family members beneficiary of your wealth or even your household is out of bound?

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