I’ll assume you’re familiar with Joseph’s story from Genesis 37-50. You know – coat of many colors, sold into slavery by his brothers, falsely accused of rape and thrown into prison, has a prophetic interpretation of Pharoah’s dream, then is elevated to be prime minister of Egypt. Â His is an epic story of riches to rags, to riches to rags, to riches again.
Famine plagues the earth, and his brothers show up desperateÂ to buy food.
Now he has his chance for pay back.
Joseph is vindicated. His prophetic vision is validated.
Can you see the hand of God in the worst of circumstances?
Anger, despair, and hopelessness are understandable reactions to injustice, discouragement and disappointment.
Joseph’s “dream” was as good as dead. But somehow in his spirit he knew thatÂ despondencyÂ would ultimately do him no good.
Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5
In the moment when Joseph could have extracted vengeance, he modeled grace. He let his abusers off the hook.
“5Â And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6Â For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7Â But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
8Â â€œSo then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.”Â Joseph in Genesis 45:5-8
For the worshiper, tapping into the perspective of heaven transforms our spirit and fuels our journey.
Joseph saw his story from a God-centered point of view.
“God sent me here to save lives.”Â
What Joseph did, you and I can do too. Whatever your circumstance, if you trust the Lord and let the Holy Spirit lead you, you too will save lives.
We have His word on it.
Sunrise Worship DevotionalsÂ
A daily â€œworship ritualâ€ I practice is to listen toÂ The Daily Audio Bible podcast, take a photo of the morning sky, find a meaningful scripture or quote (usually from the DAB), and share it on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter.Â Please comment and share!Â #Sunrise #Worship #DevotionalsÂ
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