For Good : Part 1

 Can God take an incredibly bad situation, and somehow still use it for His glory? Can He use the worst times, the hardest moments, and even the tear-stained seconds for His wonderful plan? Can we have hope in knowing that all things will work out together for good, no matter how bad they seem right now?

 Imagine this…

 You are your father’s favorite child, and your brothers hate you because of it. One day, your father gives you a wonderful gift, which just makes your brothers even more mad. And then you start to have dreams…God showing you that one day your family will bow down to you.

 Well, this just throws your brothers over the edge. One afternoon, when you are sent to go check on your brothers, they take the precious gift that your father has given you, throw you into a pit, and sell you to some merchentmen. These merchentmen then bring you to Egypt, and sell you as a slave.

 While in Egypt, you serve your new master, and God blesses everything that you do. So much so, that your master makes you overseer of everything he owns.

 Then you are wrongly accused of a crime that you didn’t commit. You are thrown into jail.

 There you meet two other prisoners who used to work for the Pharaoh: one as a butler, the other as a baker. They both are having disturbing dreams, and tell you about them. God shows you the meaning of their dreams, you tell them the interpretations, and both come to pass. The butler was restored to his position, and the baker was hanged.

 When it comes time for the butler’s release, you ask him to remember you. He says that he will…but then he forgets. So you sit in prison for two more years.

 In the meantime, it is now the Pharaoh who is having disturbing dreams. Now, the butler remembers you, and tells the Pharaoh about you. You are brought before the Pharaoh, and he tells you his dreams. God shows you the meaning of them, and you tell the Pharaoh their interpretation.

 The whole land of Egypt will have 7 years of plenty, and great harvest. But after these seven years will come seven years of terrible famine. You tell the Pharaoh that he should put someone in charge of storing up grain to prepare for the coming famine. Pharaoh chooses you.

 From just being in prison a short while before, you are now one of the highest officials in all the land of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. Crazy, right?!

 And so you begin your task. During all the seven years of bountiful plenty, you carefully store away grain, so that it is as the sand of the sea.

 Then the famine hits. But you are ready. 

 The famine sweeps throughout all the land of Egypt…and beyond. There is famine everywhere, and no other lands have prepared. So when their food runs out, they come to you. You begin to sell grain to people from all around, and they keep coming. But the grain does not run out. You know that God has provided enough to satisfy everyone for all of the seven years.

 But then the unexpected happens. As you are selling grain one day, you see your brothers approaching you! Yes, the same brothers who hated you, and sold you into a life of slavery! You recognize them, but they do not recognize you. To further hide your identity, you speak to them through an interpreter.

 After seeing your brothers again, you are very shaken up. Are they the same? Or have they changed their ways? Should you trust them?

 So you decide to test them.

 “Spies!” you declare them.

 “No, no!” they reply. “We are only brothers from the land of Canaan, come to buy food.”

 “No,” you say again, “you are spies, come to search out Egypt.”

 “No, no!” they insist. “We are twelve brothers, come to buy food. One of us is still in Canaan, and one is dead.”

 “We will see,” you say. “You will all stay here, and one of you will go back and fetch your other brother. Then I will know that you are telling the truth.”

 And so, you put them into prison for three days. Then, on the third day, you come back to them and say, “If you are true men, one of you will stay here in prison. The rest of you may go back with food. But you must bring your youngest brother back to me.”

 Then your brothers start talking among themselves.

 “We are guilty. This is our punishment for doing such evil to Joseph.”

 “Didn’t I tell you? We never should have done that to him. Now his blood is on our hands.”

 And all this time, they don’t realize that you can understand every word that they are saying. This was too much. You turn, and leave the room…and then you weep. 

 What in the world are you supposed to do now?

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 As I’m sure you can already tell, this is following the life of Joseph, and is based on Genesis 37-50. Joseph’s story is such an incredible account of forgiveness, and can really show us how we can trust God’s plan, even when things look impossibly bad. Since there is so much to the story, instead of trying to fit it all into one extremely long post, I thought I’d write a series of posts about it, and this was the first . 😀

As many of you know, for Bible Bee this year, the theme is Trust, and all summer I’ll be studying the life of Joseph. So I thought it would be nice to take  a quick look at his life, and all the lessons that we can learn from it. I wouldn’t be surprised, either, if alot of the posts this summer are based on the theme of trust, and also on the life of Joseph! I can’t wait to get started with this! 😀

 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea: though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”

Psalm 46:1-3, 10-11

💖Always in Christ,

      Sierra

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6 thoughts on “For Good : Part 1

  1. Wow, this was amazing, Sierra! I am so glad that you did this! I am going to be participating in Bible Bee for the first time this year, and your post is a great glimpse into the life of the Joseph. I cannot wait to read your upcoming posts, and am looking forward to the Summer Study starting tomorrow! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Heaven! 😄 I’m super glad that you are doing Bible Bee this year and I pray that God will use it to teach us all so much this summer! IK!! I can’t wait for it to start either!! 😁

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