Great Deliverance - Saturday, March 3rd 2018
5 But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
Looking at the life of Joseph we see that he went through a lot of pain and suffering. In Genesis 45, he is revealing himself to his brothers for the first time. Instead of being angry at them, he loves them. He even encourages them not to feel guilty or angry at themselves for mistreating him. If you are not familiar with the life of Joseph, his brothers had thrown him into a pit and sold him into slavery. They went back to their father and told him that Joseph was dead.
Now, we are 20+ years later and Joseph had been betrayed by his brothers, enslaved, falsely accused of rape, and imprisoned. He also had been forgotten, lied to, and criticized by many people. In a nutshell, Joseph had it pretty tough, and not just for a couple years, but for 20+ years. Maybe you have experienced similar circumstances?
The truth is, we ALL are going to go through problems at some point in life. These problems could last for a short season or they could last for what seems like forever. What do we do? Well, Joseph was a great example. He recognized that God had allowed him to go through this situation to help the people around him. Joseph helped a whole nation not starve, and now people from other countries were coming for help as well. Because of him going through problems and keeping his focus on God, he was able to help in someone else’s great deliverance. Friend, you can too! Today, don’t focus on the problem, focus on the Father. He is not only going to bring you through it, but He is going to use it to help someone else that may go through something similar.
Life Lesson: Our problems are ALWAYS smaller than our God. When we recognize this, we become the source of someone else’s great deliverance.
I am grateful for the promises of Your Word. I do pray that You help me during the difficult seasons in life. During those, help me to focus on You. Give me the strength to go through it and help me to recognize how can I be someone else’s help. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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