Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too.” Genesis 48:11
I find a lot of hope reading about the lives of those who lived so much earlier than I. So many seem to have gone through similar things. There are so many good examples in Scripture.
I like reading about Job. His trials make mine seem weightless. A few days ago, I mentioned Abraham going off into the unknown, simply following God's word.
One of my "favorites" is the story of Joseph. (Genesis 37-48) When I was little, it sounded like Joseph had a kind of magical story - He was sold him into slavery - but he ended up being a high ranking official who was able to save the lives of his own family from starvation.
Nice story with a happy ending.
A friend suggested that I look carefully at the time frame of this story. Joseph was sold into slavery when he was seventeen. He languished in prison for years. He went through many ups and downs - always doing the right things, but never seeing the fruit of his efforts. He never gave up on God.
He was thirty when he came to stand before Pharaoh.
Life had to have seemed unfair. He was taken from his family - taken to a strange land. Helped people as best he could - but was always forgotten.
Until the time was right.
At the proper time, the stage was set to where he would not only be the second most powerful man in Egypt, he would save the country from a famine. And not only the people of Egypt, his own family.
If life has taught me one thing, it is that you just never know. You really never do.
What seems awful today ends up years from now being the right thing.
The worst of events can trigger a chain of events with such unexpected results.
I also love to read the story of Esther. This one verse in particular hits home.
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 (Italics mine)
If you don't know her story - I 'd encourage you to read it.
You might enjoy reading Joseph's story as well.
And who knows ... perhaps someday you will look back at your life and say,
"I had no idea that God was preparing me for such a time as this."
Father God, Thank you for the reasons and purposes of our lives. While we may not be able to fathom why things happen as we do, help us be assured that things are always leading to Your ultimate good. Amen and amen.
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