Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Wrong Direction was Right

I've been reading the story of Joseph. A young man's life goes in the wrong direction. What could be worse than being sold into slavery at the age of 17 by your own brothers?

Reuben, the oldest, gives us a glimpse into Joseph's horror, when he recounted the incident...years later. "Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen." Genesis 42:21. Joseph cried and pleaded with his brothers as he was shackled by the Midianite merchants and taken away.

And even after "right living" he was thrown into jail for something he didn't do. And it was not a short jail term. Then...the one friend who had a chance to get him out---forgot about him.

But God knew.

God knew the outcome.

It's hard to believe Joseph's words...later in life. I'm sure these words did not come easy.
"Don't be distressed, and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you........it was not you who sent me here, but God." Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept.

And I don't think Joseph could have said these forgiving words earlier in life..when he was living with Potiphar or in prison. I think he had some hindsight at this point. And perhaps some maturity.

All this to say...ONLY GOD KNOWS what's going on in our lives...or why things happen. This story gives us every reason to trust Him.

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In my post "The Bases are Covered" I shared about my own son, and about his new job. So far he still has the job. Oh...and one more update...I decided not to go back to college. I know I made the right decision. I still plan on taking a class or two.

Have a nice day!

5 comments:

Dawn said...

Somehow I missed your last post about going back to school. Every year I had older students in the MSW program that I worked with - but it was hard, and they were very motivated. I know I couldn't do it. I'm glad you've made your decision. I pray that you get the job at the Christian college. It would be good.

Glad Corey still has the job! I absolutely love the story of Joseph. It is one of my very favorites. Such a redeeming God we serve!

Dawn said...

Yep, I loved Algebra - and couldn't believe it when my kids hit that period in their lives and I could still do it. Made me feel really good!

I hadn't thought about it, but you're right about the pieces of myself that are still here - except basketball. I liked bb in p.e. because I was tall and could hit the basket - it was the only p.e. class I could tolerate at all. Hated p.e.!

inspired said...

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Mary said...

Sharon,

I have never visited your blog before and am glad that you dropped by and commented on my post. That brought me here. I have always loved the story of Joseph.

I'm glad you were able to come to a decision about school.

Blessings,
Mary

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Yes, God knows the plans he has for us, for good and not for evil. It's so hard to fathom that when we're in the middle of deep stress and trials, but like Joseph, we can continue to trust in the character of a holy and loving God, one who gave his life for us so we can live with him for eternity in Heaven.

And about that college issue? I feel much like you, although I haven't decided whether going back is worth it for me (I have an Associate in Science but have been out of the work force for 17 years raising my children.) I still have a little one at home. Interestingly, I just read this morning in Luke 3:14 where John the Baptist tells the soldiers to "be content with your wages."

Hard to do in today's economy. I am now praying for God to show me, help me understand how to live with contentment - it's only through the Lord and by Him.

Take care my friend :)