Whatever…has come to pass, with little or no human effort, and we equate that with being God’s will…without a second thought.
|The path could be challenging and dangerous!
Will it bring Him greater glory?
Rain was not in man’s vocabulary at that point in time. No one had seen rain; much less a flood caused by rain. Noah had to have lost his mind! Poor man and pity on his family. Noah never convinced any converts (except his family) to follow him into the ark, not in 100 years. But God had already prophesied it would only be Noah’s family that would board that boat along with the animals. He had also prophesied Noah’s sons would bring wives with them. Noah’s obedience to God persevered day-in and day-out, working tirelessly for over 100 years. Can you imagine faith like Noah’s, today? No doubt, you and I would certainly join in his ridicule and drown when the rain came.
|100 years with not one convert…nada, zero, zilch!
Would we, could we…persevere?
All of the above, was God’s hand on Joseph. When Joseph is finally freed from prison, 13 years later, following his interpretation of the Pharaoh’s dream, he is placed in charge of all of the land of Egypt. During a famine, his brothers come face-to-face with Joseph while searching for food. When they realize it is their long-gone and forgotten brother, they are terrified and fearful of his retribution. Instead, Joseph forgives their hate and abuse of him and gives one of the most powerful, empowering reasons of forgiveness known. “But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children. ” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.”
How many of us grant Joseph’s level of forgiveness for a simple insult or mistreatment by a family member or co-worker? Suppose we looked at those actions against us through Joseph’s eyes? “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.” Our perspective of our daily circumstances would certainly be much different, as would our level of stress and drama. Our relationship with that one who had misused us would not be broken and God could continue to use us in that relationship in ways He might never could had our response been human.
God receives great glory when our lives demonstrate His character. The lush fruit of His Spirit, abundantly alive, and permeating through our lives to others, despite the unfair circumstances surrounding us, shout He is alive to the world!