Last week we talked about dreams and how they can change or grow as we get older. This week as we continue our discussion of Joseph as an Outline for Life, we’re covering the challenges we face along the way. These “pits” if you will help mould us into who we will be as adults and depending on the choices we make can either help or hinder us along the way.
“…Let’s just throw him into this empty cistern here in the wilderness.” (Genesis 37:22) All throughout our lives situations come and go and effect us as we grow and mature. Sometimes is because of circumstances beyond our control and other times it a direct result of a choice we have made. At one point or another we will find ourselves in a “pit”. It might even happen when you were making the right choices. Joseph found himself in just such a situation. He was sold as a slave to a man named Potiphar where is was put to work. Now the bible tells us the he was a good looking guy and Potiphar’s wife took notice. She tried to seduce Joseph repeatedly until he finally had to run away from her leaving his cloak in her hands. Potiphar’s wife was obviously not used to being told no and so she lied to her husband saying that Joseph had tried to force himself on her. This of course made Potiphar furious and poor Joseph, who had done the right thing, ended up in prison. (Genesis 39:6-20). Have you ever felt like Joseph? You’re just going about your business, doing your best. Get up, get to work or school on-time and prepared. Chores are done, bills are paid, house is in order and then BAM! something happens and it seems like the world if falling around your ears. I know it’s happened to me more than once. Matter of fact, it feels like its happening to me right now.
That’s not to say I haven’t made any bad decisions along the way because I have, lots of them, but the key is to recognize that we are not defined by the decisions we’ve made so much as how we choose to respond to the consequences of those decisions. We should learn from them, sure, so as not to repeat them but then we move forward as Paul says “forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” (Philippians 3:13) The Bible gives us a really big clue as to how Joseph handled the consequences of his circumstances, he kept working, and then it says “…and the Lord was with him and showed him His faithful love.” (Genesis 39:21) That same love that God showed to Joseph is available to us too. God has promised to never leave or forsake us. The very same God to watched over Joseph and saw him lifted out of a pit and sold into slavery then slandered and thrown into jail place His favor upon him and made him success in both places. Joseph put his faith in God despite his circumstances and that’s what we need to do as well. The pits in life are going to come whether by the a choice we’ve made or something outside of our control. We just have to put our faith in God that he will see us through. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done.” (Philippians 4:6)
When I started this blog today I wasn’t sure where I was going to go with it. I knew I wanted to talk about the “pits” of life and their challenges and how God can and will see us through them but that’s as far as it went. I hope that I’ve done that. As I mentioned earlier I’m feel as though I’m in one of those seasons now. Our family has had a really difficult year financially. Just when it seems like right when we’re about to get ahead something seems to pop up and we’re behind again. With Obamacare in effect, we’ve been forced to purchase our own insurance (I’m self-employed). We learned that there aren’t many doctors or specialists in-network within 100 miles of us and so getting approval to see the specialists we need for my son is difficult and time consuming. Even with in-network coverage is still really restrictive. Not that I don’t appreciate what Obamacare was trying to accomplish because I do. On top of that we’ve also been helping my mother as she deals with the – sometimes – crippling side-effects of chemo/radiation therapy. I love my mom, she’s an overcomer. Even still, in the midst of all this chaos I know that God is right here with me and that His favor is upon us. I’ve already received word from colleagues of additional work sources. Insurance or no my sons medical needs will be met but even the the bills we have God is working through it. We were just approved for financial aid from one of the specialists we saw reducing our bill by 75% and because I work from home and our son is home-schooled, we’ve just moved our “workplace” from our living room over to my Mom’s so that we can be there when she needs us. Remember “Give your burdens to the Lord and He will take care of You.” (Psalm 55:22)
I hope you all have a great weekend and week following. If I said posted something here you have questions about or want to discuss please leave a comment below. Be blessed in Jesus’ name and always “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:33)