“But the Lord was with Joseph” – Genesis 39:21
As I read through the comments from our Bethlehem family on the Bible App, there seems to be a common theme the last two weeks. You understand an important truth that brings the Christian comfort. You understand that God’s plans are not always our plans. You’ve noticed that the patriarchs are anything put pure, innocent, perfectly faithful followers of God. You’ve seen their sin and the sometimes incredulous acts they and the people surrounding them perform. But you’ve seen something even more incredulous than that take place in their lives – the constant, gracious, guiding and protecting hand of God. You’ve seen his plan to keep his chosen people secure despite their sin.
He has a plan. And in your readings this coming week, you’ll see that become that much more evident with the stories of Joseph. What seemed like utter disasters in his life – his brothers selling him into slavery, being in thrown in prison after a false accusation from Potiphar’s wife – God turned those around and brought completely unexpected blessings from them. Joseph understood this well when he tells his brothers after his father Jacob dies, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring this to pass and to keep many people alive, as it is this day” (Gen 50:20). God’s providence was evident in his life. Through Joseph, God saved many lives and brought his family to safety in Egypt – just one more example of God keeping the promises made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
He has a plan. Even in what seems like utter disasters in your life, you can be certain that God is with you just as he was with Joseph. What if those trials never go away? What if it seems God isn’t answering your prayers to remove the hardships? You can be certain he still has a plan and that plan involves you being in a place free from trials, free from sadness, free from tears. And the fulfillment of that plan to have you in heaven is only made possible by the one who fulfilled the promises made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Keep those comments coming. Comments that point to your understanding that in a world of sin, God still has a plan, a plan that’s come to fruition by the blood of Jesus.
Blessings on your week!