January 14, 2017
God Never Wastes Our Time
So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt." Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph's finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, "Make way!" Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt. Genesis 41:41-43
From our vantage point, life does not always move along smoothly according to our plans. Illness hits. A job goes away. A relationship is strained or lost. A loved one dies. A spouse leaves. And sometimes we wonder, "God, what in the world are you doing?"
That thought must have crossed Joseph's mind a time or two. One day he was enjoying the status of a favorite son. The next day his brothers sold him into slavery. One day he was Potiphar's favorite assistant, entrusted with the care of everything the official owned. The next day he was in prison, falsely accused of improper advances towards Potiphar's wife. But God never wastes our time. Even with that question, "God, what in the world are You doing?" ringing in Joseph's mind, God was at work. In His time, God brought Joseph out of prison and put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
God's ways are not our ways, and His schedule is seldom synced with the calendar on our smart phones. But you can be sure of this: God never wastes our time. He is using today to prepare you for tomorrow. He has some great things for you to do. And He will show you what they are ... in His time.
Father, even when I know the theological truth of Your sovereignty, it is still hard to put my full trust in You. When I wonder, "God, what in the world are You doing?" calm me and remind me that You never waste my time. In Jesus' name. Amen.