HE SENT HIM THERE
"�and he sent a man before them � Joseph, sold as a slave. They bruised his
feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons�" (Psalm 105:17-18 NIV).
The story of Joseph has been one of the pathetic but interesting stories in
the Bible. Joseph, a loved child, was hated by his elder brothers because
of his destine. He was thrown to an empty cistern by these brothers who
earlier planned to kill him. They sold him as slave to foreigners who took
him to Egypt. In Egypt, he was sent to prison for a sin he did not commit.
You can imagine the hardship he would have as a slave and a prisoner � the
bruises of shackles in his feet, the pains of iron chains on his neck, etc.
Even in prison, he was forgotten by those that should have rescued him from
all these misfortunes. In spite of this, God was working behind the scene
for his good. Remember that in each of these situations, the Bible records
it that the Lord grant him favour in the eyes of everybody (see Genesis
39:4, 5, 21-23). In fact, he confirmed it to his brothers later that it was
God that sent him ahead of them to Egypt to preserve lives (see Genesis
45:5-7; 50:20). Actually, Joseph's story was not a tragedy, for he was made
the prime minister of Egypt the very day he was brought out of prison.
Think of yourself. What are you passing through? What is happening to you
now that seems as misfortune? What shackles and irons of hardship are you
experiencing now? Who knows, it may be God that sent you to this apparent
misfortune to bring something good out of you. He may be purifying you as
gold in fire of life so that you will come out more shining (see 1 Peter
1:6-7). The Psalmist corroborates this. Hear him: "For you, O God, tested
us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens
on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and
water, but you brought us to a place of abundance" (Psalm 66:10-12 NIV).
Beloved, no matter what you are passing through, God knows about it, and He
has a purpose for allowing it. Paul confirms this in Romans 8:28, "And we
know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who
have been called according to his purpose" (NIV).
He sent you there � for a purpose!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Lord, let the purpose of bringing me to my present situation
come to pass in your own time in Jesus� name. Amen.
This message was first sent out on May 22, 2005.
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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