"Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life." Genesis 45:5
Not everything in life goes the way we hope, desire or plan. Situations arise, plans get changed, things happen. We may not, and usually don't, understand why it is happening. I can only imagine what was going through Joseph's mind when his brothers took hold of him and threw him in a pit. From that moment on his world would forever change, all his dreams and hopes lay behind him, all his plans ended, his future looked uncertain.
When we read the story of Joseph, we are able to read it all at once. We can start at the beginning and skip to the end and know the outcome immediately. Being able to skip right to the end gives us the ability to see that God had a plan for all that happened to Joseph. Joseph did not have that advantage, he did not know from day to day what would happen to him. He did not know how his life was going to end. He didn't know while he was in the pit that he would one day be a ruler in Egypt.
Like Joseph, when we are going through situations that we don't understand, we don't have the luxury of knowing the outcome. I am sure that during the years in prison Joseph didn't see that there was a plan behind what was happening to him, but there was. Again, like Joseph, we can't always see that there is a plan at work behind what is happening to us. But there is. There was for Joseph and there is for us.
When we don't understand what is going on or why this thing is happening to us, we need to remember-- God has a plan. Don't let it shake you- God has a plan. Don't let it rattle you-- God has a plan. Don't worry- God has a plan. The situation may look bleak, but God has a plan. The furnace may be hot, but God has a plan. The lions may be roaring all around you, but God has a plan. The Red Sea may be before you, but God has a plan.
God is aware of what you are going through. It hasn't taken Him by surprise. And He will make all things- this included- work together for the good, because He has a plan.
Have a great. Whatever you are going through this morning, you may not understand it, you may not have the ability to see the outcome, but remember this- God has a plan, and this will work together for your good.
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