Archive | August 2015

Feeling Hurt by the Ones You Love?

Genesis 45:8 biblegateway.com

So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Many people feel betrayed and hurt by the ones they love. Joseph is a great example of how God can use those hurts for good and for His glory.

Joseph was attacked by his brothers, thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused, thrown into prison, and treated unfairly for a good portion of his life.

He could easily let self pity consume him. He could have felt sorry for himself, but instead, he looked to God for help, kept hoping in the midst of his trials, and kept faith that God would deliver him.

God used all of Joseph’s trials to save Israel from starvation. His brothers came to Egypt, seeking grain and food. Joseph was in charge of the distribution. He recognized his brothers, but they didn’t recognize him.

Joseph tested his brothers to see if they had changed, or if they were still the rebellious gangsters who had beaten him. After a little fun with them, he breaks down in tears, and tells them that it wasn’t them that sent him to Egypt, but God:

And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.

And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.

And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:

It is possible that God is using our circumstances to bring about His purpose. Keep looking to God for deliverance, and forgive the ones that have caused you grief and trouble. Maybe it was God’s way of bringing you to a place where you can help others?

Dear God, help me to see the big picture. I am so nearsighted. I know that You have a plan and a purpose and that Your will prevails. You always do what is right. Help me to forgive others, and accept the circumstances in my life that have brought me to You. You work all things out for good for those who are called according to Your purpose, for those who love You. Thank You! In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

PS:  This link is a wonderful study on Joseph, with a free coloring page: http://biblebasedhomeschooling.com/forgiveness-from-his-sunflower-with-free-coloring-page/

Also, my sister called me, and told me how she picked some sunflowers for her primary kids, and told them how sunflower heads are bright, happy looking, and face the sun. That is how we should be. We need to stay focused on God, turning to Him in all our troubles.

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Still Small Voice:

1 Kings 19:11-14 (King James Version) Bible Gateway

11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

Elijah was feeling alone. He was a prophet of God during the reign of an evil King and Queen.

Elijah was not alone. God was with him, and soon, “Elisha” would be a faithful companion.

When I read this verse, I think of ‘the still small voice’ of God, and how He wasn’t in the earthquake, or the great strong wind, or the fire.

Elijah heard that whisper of God, covered his face, and stood at the entrance of the cave he was in.

God asked Elijah what he was doing in the cave?

Then God gave Elijah some specific directions of things he should do.

He would anoint a king and a prophet. He was also told by God that there were 7,000 faithful people who had not bowed their knees to Baal, a false god.

Elijah obeyed God, and did as he was told.

I look for God in the miraculous events, but He is also in the every day events that whisper His presence. New birth, healing, restoration, deliverance, sometimes happen in uneventful ordinary ways over a period of time, unassuming.

The birth of Jesus is an example. He was born in a small stable to people who were not well known, and he chose common fishermen, and men of little renown, to carry His message to the world.

Look for God in the little whispers. Acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

Thank You, God, for this passage of scripture. Help us to hear Your voice, listen, and follow Your commands. I know there are many people who love You, and I pray for Your protection and encouragement. I pray for Your help, and for Your will to be done. It is an encouragement to know that You are with us, and that You are the director of all men. Your purpose will prevail. Amen.

-Dawn-