Have Faith! The Best Is Yet To Come!

“All things are against me!” cried Jacob. (Gen. 42:36) Have you ever felt like this? Just when things can’t possibly get worse, something else happens. Up to this point, Jacob had endured the devastating loss of his beloved son, Joseph. Joseph had received special treatment from his father because Joseph’s mother, Rachel had never been able to have children.

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So when she gave birth to Joseph, he became known and esteemed as a miracle child. This quickly got old among his older brothers. Roots of bitterness soon took root within his brothers, so much so, that they schemed to get rid of Joseph—ultimately selling him into slavery. (Genesis 37:28) To cover up their evil scheme, they slaughtered an animal, covered Joseph’s multi-colored coat in the blood and told their father that Joseph had been killed by a wild animal. (Genesis 37:31-33) (On a side note: It’s interesting to me that Jacob, who had a history of deceiving others (Gen 27:19; 30:40-43), was deceived by his sons for years before learning the truth.)

Years later, Jacob and his family were hit hard by the famine that had ravaged the land, so Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to buy grain. (Genesis 42:2-3) However when his son’s arrived and asked to buy grain, they had no idea that Joseph was the man standing before them. Though Joseph immediately recognized his brothers, he wanted to know if they had changed, so he put them to the test. Joseph accused them of being spies and ordered one of the brothers to be arrested and held captive, while the other brothers took grain back to their father and were ordered to return with his younger brother Benjamin, whom Joseph had never met. No doubt Joseph longed to meet his younger brother because Benjamin was the only brother of his that was also born of his mom, Rachel. 

When Joseph's brothers returned to their father, Jacob, you can imagine Jacob’s heartache when he heard the news that his son Simeon had been accused of being a spy, and had been bound and was being held captive in Egypt. No doubt Jacob had intentionally kept his youngest son, Benjamin, home with him when he sent his sons to buy grain, to protect Benjamin because of what happened to Joseph. Now with Joseph gone, and Simeon bound and being kept prisoner, Jacob is not about to freely give up his youngest, Benjamin, and risk the chance of losing yet another son. (Genesis 42:36, 38)

Things couldn’t possibly have been worse for Jacob. Totally overwhelmed, Jacob cries out “All things are against me!” (Gen. 42:36) Little did Jacob know, this couldn’t be further from the truth. All Jacob knew were the circumstances he saw before him. He had no clue that Joseph was alive, well, and was now the second most powerful man in all Egypt. Jacob had no idea that Joseph was the man behind Simeon’s arrest and Benjamin’s summons—and truly had no intention of causing his brothers harm, but just wanted to meet his younger brother. Above all, Jacob would never had imagined, in his wildest dreams, that he would be reunited with Joseph, and move with all his sons to Egypt to live with  the son he had been grieving the loss of all these years.

Although Jacob felt all things were against him, things weren’t not even close to what they seemed. While at the moment it felt like things couldn’t possibly be worse, very soon Jacob would learn the truth and be overjoyed thinking, things couldn’t possibly be any better! My point is, like Jacob in his distress, we only see one piece of the puzzle in light of the good plans God has for us (Jer. 29:11)

Sometimes all we can see is the circumstances of the trial we are in. We can’t see how it can possibly get any better. But God…But God is working all things in our life to good. But God has great plans for us, not plans for harm--plans to give us a future and a hope. Before Jacob knew about Joseph living in Egypt, and the blessings that were yet to be revealed, Jacob was convinced “All things are against me!” When our heart is overwhelmed, God is not done yet. There are blessings still yet to be revealed. Just wait and see.  In those frustrating and dark times in our life we can either believe all things are against us, or all things are working together for good. (Romans 8:28) Once choice will inevitably make us bitter, while the other will make us better. Have faith! The best is yet to come!

Question for you: Can you think of time when things couldn't have been worse, but God turned it all around in ways you never could have imagined?



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26 comments:

  1. Love your mini sermon♫ The Holy Spirit often turns things around for me, just by making things pop into my head at the right moment! My inspiration comes from nature this week: http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/01/frosty-etchings.html

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    1. Thanks! I love that too, how the Holy Spirit brings to mind just what I need when I need it. He is so faithful! God bless you abundantly!

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  2. Answer to your question - YES! During so many miscarriages and wondering WHY! But 10 years later and two children later and finally when they were teenagers I was able to say thank you Lord. Sitting in church one night listening to a couple ask for prayer for a miscarriage God placed on my heart - "You would never have known this blessing had you not been through that pain". Thanking Him today for two children in their 30s who rock my world. Debbie W.

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    1. Debbie, what a beautiful testimony! Thank you so much for sharing! I love your praise report, too, "Thanking Him today for two children in their 30s who rock my world." Awesome! There are times when I'm being afflicted that I wonder, like you did, "Why, God?" But as you said, He comforts us in our trials so that we may comfort others with the comfort we've received from God." (2 Cor. 1:4) As a person who daily has to guard myself from getting migraines, I have great compassion for people who suffer from them too. Had the Lord never allowed me to experience migraines, I never would know how others are impacted by them or how I could best minister to them through prayer (knowing what to pray) and through sharing what comforts me in my affliction. I really don't think I would have a heart of compassion for people who get migraines to the degree I do today, had the Lord kept me from ever experiencing a migraine. What a comfort I'm sure you were to that couple who asked for prayer about a miscarriage. I love how the Lord uses our headaches and heartaches to equip us for future ministry to others. Our suffering is never for nothing. So thankful that God uses every bit of our trials for good. (Rom. 8:28) He is so good to us. God bless you richly!

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  3. Glad we're neighbors at Laura's.. it was a gift to land here this morning, right after my little one and I just read the tale of Joseph in her children's Bible. I think your words are my "holy echo" for the day. Blessings to you.

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    1. Thanks, Alicia! Me, too! So glad this blessed you. God bless you abundantly!

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  4. A precious, precious story with a good lesson attached! And I can't help remembering what Joseph said in the end, "What you intended for harm, God used for good." UmmHmmm. That's good stuff.

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I love that quote from Joseph, too! So encouraging! I love how Joseph's story is a real-life example of "all things work together for good..." long before Paul penned that truth in Romans 8:28. God bless you richly!

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  5. Wonderful post and great reminder for me. Jer. 29:11 is a verse I've held onto for many years. Thank you for sharing & for linking up at CEO of Me this week too!

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    1. Thanks, Misty! So glad you enjoyed this. God bless you lots!

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  6. I am always encouraged by the roles of the lesser known characters in major bible stories. They are being impacted by God as well, and if we look we can gain valuable lessons from that. It is easy to get side tracked by the story of Joesph, and it's grandness and miss the response of the lesser characters. Thanks for pulling me back to looking at the details of all the stories in the Bible because God's word is every part, not just the "take home" message of sunday school lessons.

    Marissa
    http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com

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    1. Well said, Marissa! Glad this blessed you. God bless you richly!

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  7. Beautiful light, sky and picture.
    Marit of Norway

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  8. Yes, when I divorced my first husband who was an alcohlic and a wife abuser I was single mom with 4 kids for 11 yrs. I would not remarry until my last child was married or moved out. I was dating, but then I found him a few years prior to my last child moving out. We waiting and I know this man was for me, my soulmate and I'm still quite happy 13 yrs of marriage and 22 yrs. ago we first met through a wrong number. If the Lord didn't grant me happiness on that day I'll call you a liar. Have a great weekend. Stopping by from Friendship Friday.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your personal testimony of how God worked your difficult circumstances to good. How amazing that you met your husband through a wrong number! I love the incredible ways the Lord works. God bless you richly!

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  9. I love the story of Joseph!! Well said! I am stopping by today from Friendship Friday Blog Hop.

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    1. Thanks, Susie! I love the story of Joseph, too. It is so rich! God bless you abundantly!

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  10. Oh my, I'm your 100th follower! Nice to meet you & yes I enjoyed your sermon. Took me a while though I'm a slow reader. :) Hope you find time to stop by and do the same!

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    1. Thanks! So nice to meet you, too! Don't feel bad about your reading pace, you're in good company. I used to be a slow reader from grade school all the way through Jr. College. When I went to Bible College I had to read 3 books a semester and write a book report on each--this was all to be done on top of the homework from all my other classes. I thought I'd never be able to do it, but as I pushed myself to read all my required reading, it made me a stronger reader and now I'm a much faster reader than I ever was in high school. I really believe if the Bible College hadn't required so much reading, I wouldn't have strengthened my "reading muscles" and never known that I could ever be a faster reader. So keep pressing on and before you know it you'll be surprised how fast you read through a post. I look forward to visiting your blog. Thanks for the invite! God bless you much!

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  11. I forgot that I do not have link for you to visit my web site back in return so here it is www.homemaker-mom.com you will see link at top bar to my blog. Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks, Susie for the link! I look forward to visiting! God bless you mightily!

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  12. I love to encourage and be encouraged- much better than fixating on the worst things that could happen! A total waste of time now that i look back and see all that God has done for me! saying hi from friday link up!
    joyandgladnessofheart.blogspot.com

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    1. Wise words, Kelly! Well said! I totally agree, fixating on my problems rather than on the promises of God is certain to leave me feeling discouraged, defeated, and anxious. And as you wisely noted it is a waste of time in light of all that God has done, continues to do, and promises to do for me. Great insights, Kelly! Thanks for sharing! God bless you richly!

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  13. Oh yes Brooke! God does work even the most gruesome circumstances out for our good. And He is more interested in our good than we ourselves, we simply do not know what is best for us most of the times, but He always does.
    Visiting from Monday Meet Up.
    Thanks for sharing and have a super blessed day!
    Love

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    1. Beautifully said, Ugochi! I love how you put it, "He is more interested in our good than we ourselves." Thanks for visiting! God bless you lots!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!