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The life of Joesph teaches us three very important lessons:
1) How we respond to a season matters
2) The plans of the enemy are used to water the plans of the Lord
3) God is always good
So let's dive in!
1) Our response matters
“…For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34
Our response is not always what we speak, but the posture of our hearts in reverence to God and others.
Is our heart filled with jealousy, disappointment, entitlement?
Joesph’s heart was not.
He never cursed God when he was sold into slavery, accused of crimes he did not commit, and when he was betrayed. He never even asked why.
I know I have been tempted to ask God "why" so many times in life. But recently my initial response instead is to remind myself of God’s goodness. He has always been faithful, and to look back on times in my life where He has proven Himself to me. 2. The plan of the enemy will always be to destroy the plans of the Lord.
Joseph’s brother's jealousy towards him was a sin. It birthed so much hatred, that they sold him into slavery. And at that moment, Joseph not only recognized God had a plan, but that the enemy also had a plan, one to destroy him.
Genesis 50:19- 20 says this, "But Joseph replied, “Do not be afraid. Am I in the place of God? As for you, what you intended against me for evil, God intended for good, in order to accomplish a day like this—to preserve the lives of many people."
Joseph being sold into slavery was really God’s provision plan for the redemption of mankind. And he knew what the enemy meant for evil, God was going to turn to good.
While it is discouraging to walk through times when it seems like nothing is working out right, as if we are stuck between a rock and a hard place, know that God is still there.
In Genesis 50:20, Joseph recognized that his life was not about him, it was a part of heavenly plans and purposes.
How often do we remind ourselves of this? How often do we make it about us? 3. God is always good.
Joseph shows us that even in the darkest time, you can have your heart postured to pour out onto other people when you trust that God is good.
He never questioned God’s goodness in his life.
Joesph cared for the other men he was thrown in prison with!
I certainly hope I would do what Joseph did in this situation, but I don’t know if I could confidently say I’d be able to do the same! What Joseph was able to do by pouring out into others, came from the overflow of love He received from the Father.
I encourage you all daily to quench the thirsts of your spirit with the love of the Father. “He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:9-12
How great is His love for us! “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11.
Let us cling to this truth: God will always be a good god. He will always be for you, He will always want the best for you and He will always give you exactly what you need!
- Annie Saju
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Annie is 22 years old and lives in Dallas, TX. She is a wife and an expecting momma to be. She is currently getting her Masters in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling. She has a passion for her faith, marriage and family. Her goal is to inspire and encourage others in both their faith and family walks. Her hobbies include blogging, watching netflix, and eating ice cream.
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BLOG: 3 LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM THE LIFE OF JOSEPH IS WRITTEN BY ANNIE SAJU