What I read today

Genesis 39-40; Psalm 20; Isaiah 20; Matthew 20; 1 Corinthians 4

Have you ever gone through a really rough stretch?  You think you’ve finally, gotten through it and then boom, the other shoe drops.  Trouble comes out of nowhere and you feel like your right back where you started.

In our reading in the book of Genesis today, I have to believe that Joseph was in that kind of place.  He had been sold by his brothers as a slave.  He was now in the custody of Potiphar an official in Egypt.  In spite of the wrong committed against him Joseph finds himself doing well.  Potiphar has entrusted him to run his household.  Everything is going well when suddenly Potiphar’s wife wants Joseph to be more than a servant.

Just as things were going well Joseph finds himself in prison.

Life is kind of like that isn’t it?  Things are going along fine then suddenly along comes a huge boulder in the road.  We can’t go over it so we have to try and go around it.

But in spite of his trials, Joseph realized that God was working behind the scenes to use Joseph’s problems for his own good.  If Joseph hadn’t gone through those trials he wouldn’t have met the chief cupbearer who wouldn’t have introduced him to Pharoah who wouldn’t have made him prime minister and he wouldn’t have saved his father and the rest of his family.

We don’t know what God is doing.  We don’t know what our future holds.  But God knows what our future holds.  And he is always working behind the scenes to use us for some greater purpose.  We don’t know what it is.  We don’t know why.  But we can rest assured that God knows what he is doing and that he always has our best interest at heart.  We may not understand this side of heaven, but if we place our trust in God we know that he will always handle the tough days of our lives.

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