Genesis 45:4-9 [NIV] | 4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not 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. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.
Waiting and watching for God’s will to be done in our lives can be a challenge. We find ourselves waiting and wondering about the mind of God. In our text for today Joseph was living the life of luxury. God had rescued Joseph from his brother and made him an equal to Pharaoh over Egypt. Throughout Joseph’s journey God was leading Joseph to a greater plan – to reunite Joseph with his family.
We often pray that God’s will be done in our lives, but we struggle in waiting to see what God is doing. God does not always share with us the path he lays out; he does not provide a blueprint explaining the final outcome of a situation. Each of us is called to follow in blind faith trusting God knows what is best for our lives. As we face our daily challenges, we take each moment of our journey in complete confidence that God is in control. When all may seem lost or out of control, we cling to the hope and promises God gives us in Jesus.
God has a wonderful plan that each of us will one day reunite as a family of believers. Sin has robbed us of the life God intended and separates us from him, and our loved ones in death. Like Joseph and his family, God takes us through the highs and lows of living in a sinful world with a promise and hope. Jesus died to give us life today and into eternity. Our focus is on Jesus taking each day as a gift from God. We can live knowing God has a greater plan and we pray we have the vision of Joseph, “7But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.”
Lord, we are thankful for the gift of Jesus and we boldly pray that your will be done in our lives. When we face times of doubt or struggle, lead us to the cross of Jesus. Help us walk patiently with you as we live our lives for you. Amen
Today I will focus and Jesus and in faith trust in God’s plan for my life.