Week of 3/3/19 - Pages 53-65

I just love Joseph!  I can see how his brothers were just over him and what they perceived as his bragging. As someone who has a tendency to get a little over excited, I can see that he just wanted to share about his dream, not realizing the repercussions. I really don’t think Joseph thought that his sharing would land him in a well to die and that his brothers were that mad and jealous.  

 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose,” Romans 8:28. As I read this week’s reading, this verse played over and over in my head.  We don’t always see God’s hand in our everyday, but when we have been walking with Him for some time, we have the privilege to be able to look over our shoulder at the work God has done in our lives. God has taken some very bad things in my life and Joseph’s and used it for His glory.

 In my case, God has taken substance abuse, divorce, ADHD, and a mediocre childhood and used them to shape me into someone with compassion, joy, and awareness that I would otherwise not have. He has given me the opportunity to walk alongside people who have the same struggles. He has given me the chance to share His light and truth with others.  

 I feel that Joseph was the same way. He most likely would not have chosen all of the struggles he went through, but once he saw how God used those struggles to put him in a position to help his family and others, I don’t think he would have changed a thing if it meant ending up in a different place.