Dealing with Difficulties
"When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, 'It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.' So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, 'Your father gave this command before he died: Say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you. And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.' Joseph wept when they spoke to him. His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, 'Behold, we are your servants.' But Joseph said to them, 'Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.' Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them..” Genesis 50:15-21
Since his brothers sold Joseph into slavery he had been falsely accused, thrown into prison, and exalted to the second most powerful position in the land of Egypt.
There is, however, one thing that is known— God never brings anything into the lives of his children that is not for their ultimate good. God brought Joseph through extreme difficulty and Joseph learned this valuable lesson and taught it to his brothers by his actions and his words. If a Christian is to live a life honoring and pleasing to God, he or she must realize this wonderful truth and adopt the attitude of Joseph and proclaim, God meant it for good.
Come and Gather: Family Time with God
Introducing Come and Gather: Family Time with God, or what we lovingly refer to as Gather.
Gather is a lovely, 35-page, daily devotional centered around families enjoying time together with God and each other.
This 27-day devotional is divided into 3 parts:
Part One: Days 1-5, is written specifically with husbands and wives in mind. In this part of Gather, husbands and wives will explore 5 Signs of a Functional Family.
5 Signs of a Functional Family includes:
Part Two: Days 6-20, is written with the whole family in mind. It's A Walk Through God’s Word. From Genesis to Revelation we will discuss subjects like God's mercy and protection, being humble, dealing with difficulties, having a teachable spirit, dependence on God, and much more.
Part Three: Days 21-27, is a Men of God Character Study. We'll learn character traits that every Christian should strive to demonstrate in their life straight from characters in God's Word.
At the end of Gather, you'll find a place for your family to record specific prayer requests. I love being specific with my prayer request and seeing God answer in specific ways. Recording the answers, as well as the requests, is a great way to help your children see God working in your lives.
Join the movement today and download Gather for free today!
How does Joseph's life story help you think differently about the difficulties you encounter?
Come and Gather: Family Time With God published with permission
Pastor Jeremy Sweatt, Farmington Avenue Baptist Church, West Hartford, Connecticut
5/19/2020 09:10:33 am
Joseph's attitude is a rebuke to me. I think I would have chafed and wondered why it had to come about the way it did. I still tend to do that even though I know He has a purpose in all He allows.
5/19/2020 06:47:59 pm
You and me too, Barbara! Yes, it does seem like God could do things easier ways instead of the more difficult ways. But then would He get as much glory? We would get as much good out of it? Probably not. His ways are perfect.
5/20/2020 06:58:30 pm
Totally agree, Laurie! I guess I never thought about Joseph's servant's heart. I think about his forgiving heart and patient heart, but as surely as those he certainly must of had a huge servant's heart! Great point!
5/19/2020 09:45:08 am
I am always challenged by Joseph's attitude and energy. My default is to peer anxiously into the unknown. His "God meant it for good" is an invitation to forgiveness and hope.
5/19/2020 06:51:23 pm
We are all peering anxiously into the unknown right now Michele. I love how you say, "God meant it for good" is an invitation to forgiveness and hope. That is beautiful!
5/19/2020 10:23:53 am
Joseph is one of my most favorite characters. His trust in God, honesty, and forgiveness challenge me. You book looks beautiful!
5/19/2020 06:54:48 pm
His life was challenging, and at the same time, it is written I believe to challenge us in our everyday walk with God.
5/19/2020 06:59:06 pm
Yes, Boma, we need to trust Him more—especially now! Knowing nothing is ever out of His control, like you say. Knowing everything is always in His control. We know. So why is it so difficult to trust? I ask myself this question over and over. I need these reminders too!
5/19/2020 07:00:44 pm
Yes, Mandy! He never leaves us alone in the difficult times. That too is a comforting thought!
Joseph's words have been such a conviction to me. Especially as I realized that even towards the end of his life, he was still speaking the same words to his brothers. He understood God's character of goodness, but his brothers were still living in fear and bitterness. I long to live in that same trust of God's character. Thank you for this beautiful study of His Word.
5/20/2020 07:39:10 am
Bettie, his life and his words—so convicting!
5/20/2020 11:48:22 am
"No person can ever answer the question of why to the difficulties that often come into the lives of God’s children." This statement is so true. We do not understand the difficulties but we need to see God's plan in all of it. Thank you so much for sharing!
5/20/2020 12:44:47 pm
I love that quote, Angela!
5/20/2020 07:00:05 pm
Yes, Sharia, even when life looks like it's not turning out the way we planned we must trust that God sees the bigger picture.
5/20/2020 03:41:21 pm
I often think of Joseph when things don't seem fair. When I recall his story, I refocus on God's orchestration. How he is strategically planning my life to get me to my purpose.
5/20/2020 07:01:47 pm
I LOVE THAT Calvonia —> "...God's orchestration. How he is strategically planning my life to get me to my purpose." :)
5/20/2020 03:43:45 pm
God meant it for good. That's a hard thing to say in the midst of extreme circumstances, even though I know biblically it's true. Thank you for giving me this to ponder.
5/20/2020 07:05:44 pm
I think "God meant it for good" is something we only see in the end, not in the beginning and certainly not in the middle. We just have to have faith in the beginning and middle to know He means it for our good and His glory.
5/20/2020 04:12:45 pm
One time my brother lost his job. It was a difficult year. He said he read the life of Joseph more than once. I believe it's a bestseller! xoxo
5/20/2020 07:08:36 pm
I love that, Sue. Joseph's story certainly should be a bestseller!
Patsy - Thank you for the reminder that "God never brings anything into the lives of his children that is not for their ultimate good." You have no idea how I needed to hear those particular words this morning. I am struggling with something today and wanting to retreat to safety even though I know this is God's plan.
Your comment will be posted after it is approved.
Leave a Reply.
Hi friend, welcome to InstaEncouragements. I am so glad you are here. You’re among friends. You belong here.
How would you like access to our online library of helpful eBooks, devotionals, printables, lock screens, and more? You’re going to love this library, there is all kinds of exclusive content, just for you!
Join the movement by signing up below and I'll send you the link today. And no worries, We don’t spam. Promise! We don’t like spam either.
After you've joined the movement, hop on over to our about page to learn more about us and then to our contact form and introduce yourself so we can be on a first-name basis. I'd like that!
Use our exclusive code INSTA25 for 25% OFF your subscription box!