Read Genesis 37:1-36
My kids sometimes use the tired phrase “That’s not fair!” This usually follows anything in which they do not get their own way. My response is always “No one in this house ever taught you that life was fair.” No where does the Bible teach that life in this sinful world would be fair. The Bible teaches that the Lord is a just and righteous God. Joseph life, in the verses above, illustrates this very well. He was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. He was later thrown into jail for a crime he never committed. All the while Joseph remained true to his God and faithful in his convictions. The Lord never took his hand off of Joseph’s life. He led him through challenging situations, and in the end, Joseph rose from prisoner to royalty.
Often the trials of life, whether they are relational, financial, physical, or spiritual, are all in the hands of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is in our past, our present and our future. Matthew 6:7-8 teaches us that the Lord knows our needs even before we ask. This is a comforting verse when a loved one is sick, or dying, or when the loss of a job leaves you wondering how you will feed your family or pay the mortgage. It keeps hope alive when you pray for a loved one to turn to Christ.
Someone shared the following story in an email and I found it a timely reminder of the sovereignty of God and how he works in and through our circumstances. I think it is a great illustration of how what we can see may not be positive or comfortable and we may cry out to God “That’s not fair,” but Christ can see today and the next day and next week and next year. He is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. So relax, know that Jesus Christ is Lord, today and forever.
When Your Hut’s On Fire*
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, “God! How could you do this to me?”
Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! “How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers. “We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.
The Moral of This Story:
It’s easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn’t lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering.
Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.
Romans 8:28 says “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (English Standard Version, ©2001)