Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Morning Moment

Has God given you a promise that hasn't arrived yet? While reading the Word or in prayer did you hear God say something specific to you, but then nothing happens. Has there been a long delay? Maybe your circumstances even took a turn for the worse. You keep asking yourself, where is the promise the Lord spoke to me?

Let's look back at the story of Joseph. As a young man, God had given Joseph a promise that one day he would rule. But then, for the next thirteen years everything went exactly opposite to the promise. His brothers, who hated him, sold him to the Egyptians. As a slave in Potiphar’s house, he was falsely accused of raping his master’s wife. Then he was thrown into prison and forgotten.

But Joseph refused to let his circumstances shape the way he believed and lived. He didn't allow self-pity or bitterness to rob him of energy or life. Instead, he chose to use each circumstance – whether at home, at Potiphar’s house, or in prison– as God’s appointed place where he would serve him with all of his heart. And God blessed him and made him a blessing.

Instead of using the delayed promise as a reason to complain against God, he kept it in the back of his mind to give him courage and strength. He let go of thinking about how and when God would carry out the promise given to him. As we come to find out in the story, God was up to something much bigger than he could have imagined. In time God’s time....Joseph became ruler of all of Egypt!

So never forget that God has a good plan for your life too. Look what Jeremiah says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Trust in the Lord even when life doesn’t seem to make sense. God’s good plan is being carried out in His perfect time and the circumstances you are experiencing are needed to prepare you for what lies ahead. As Joseph’s life points out, even tragedy and evil can be part of God’s plan for good. And lastly remember, a delay is not denial, but a time of preparing and getting you ready for the promise He has given you.  Have a blessed day, Emily 


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