My thoughts have been a jumbled mess in my head lately. So many things to ponder and process and so much of it is more than the meals that need to be made or the lessons I need to teach my kiddos. I have been pondering God’s greater purpose in our lives and what He, in His infinite love, would allow in our lives to fulfill a greater purpose.
This Joseph, we read of in Genesis has had me mesmerized by God’s great love for Joseph in the midst of his enemies and their evil plot against him. I see such hardship on this young man and yet God never forsook him. God was with Joseph and God’s hand of blessing was on him in spite of the circumstances being far from ideal. God. was. with. him; in the pit, in the slavery, in Potiphar’s house, in the prison and back out again. Oh, how frustrating were his circumstances. How utterly hopeless at times. Yet, God was with him, blessing him in the midst.
Joseph’s life wasn’t only about Joseph.
Joseph’s mishaps and trials were to mold and shape Joseph but even greater, they were to save God’s people from death and bring them into blessing and prosperity in Egypt. God protected his people, keeping His promise through Joseph’s life. He was keeping His promise of a Savior through Joseph’s life too.
What is God doing in your life, through your trials and circumstances? What does God want to do through it all? What if your obedience today will effect thousands tomorrow? You are loved beyond measure and I believe God’s word is clear that He does not want us to suffer in pain but I do know that His thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways. (Is. 55:8-9) His vision for us is so much greater than today.
Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was given to him by a messenger of Satan, tormenting him. Did God intervene and prevent this horrific attack? God, in all His wisdom and understanding, chose to not prevent it and He told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
And with that understanding Paul’s perspective came in alignment with the will of God.
“Therefore, I will rather boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest upon me. That is why, for Christ’s sake I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor. 12:7-10
Paul knew God was using it to keep him humble and to bring about a greater work, even greater than himself.
I trust God for you and I, my friends. I trust that His love disciplines us when we need it and His grace is sufficient when we have done nothing wrong but have insults, persecutions, hardships, difficulties and even infirmities. His plan for you and I is eternal! Let’s live today for eternity!