Hope For Today!

This week we are meditating on the promise of Romans 8:28 at Do Not Depart. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” I cannot think of this verse without thinking of the story of Joseph. So here is an encore post I wrote about Romans 8:28 illustrated in the life of Joseph. Enjoy!
 
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 “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?

“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.

Photo courtesy of stock.xchng

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? - See more at: http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2013/01/have-faith-best-is-yet-to-come.html#sthash.sFsqZbEc.dpuf
 
“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.

Photo courtesy of stock.xchng

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? - See more at: http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2013/01/have-faith-best-is-yet-to-come.html#sthash.sFsqZbEc.dpuf
“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.

Photo courtesy of stock.xchng

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? - See more at: http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2013/01/have-faith-best-is-yet-to-come.html#sthash.sFsqZbEc.dpuf

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26 comments:

  1. You are right with this: Sometimes all we can see is the circumstances of the trial we are in. - We have this tendency to think what we are in is the worst - but if we count our gifts, we can see little rays of sunshine in the clouds.
    Blessings,
    Following you from Simply Helping Him
    Janis

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    1. Thanks, Janis! Yes, counting our gifts is huge in countering discouragement and bitterness. It is so hard to be thankful and complaining or grateful and resentful. I like how you put too. When we count our blessings even within our trials, "we can see little rays of sunshine in the clouds." Beautiful. God bless you richly!

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  2. Beautiful...bitter or better. I choose better! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Nannette! Between the two, I choose better, too! God bless you immensely!

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  3. Such a powerful story. I've always liked this biblical story, but I like your insight in this lesson. God is working it out for our good...even when it doesn't seem like it. We don't always know what He knows, t hat's why it's so important to trust him.
    Found you on Doing You Well link up

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    1. Thanks, Hope! I find that such a comfort, "God is working it out for our good...even when it doesn't seem like it." So nice to know He is busy working behind the scenes on our behalf, for our good. And you summed it up so perfectly, "We don't always know what He knows, that's why it's so important to trust him." Absolutely! His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts. God bless you tremendously!

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  4. Things often seem bad but God is always in control. I was just this morning praying and thanking God that His ways are higher than mine.

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday!

    Jenifer

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    1. I agree, Jenifer! It is such a constant comfort knowing that despite what my circumstances appear to be, God is still in control. He's got this! God bless you amply!

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  5. You are so right...there are many times in my life where I thought that things were all against me and God turned around and used the exact things that I thought were against me to be a blessing for me... It's so hard to remember that when we are in a valley...struggling to make it up the mountain. Thank you for your encouraging post today!

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    1. Thanks, Hillary! What a beautiful testimony! "There are many times in my life where I thought that things were all against me and God turned around and used the exact things that I thought were against me to be a blessing for me." God is so faithful! God bless you enormously!

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  6. But then during your next trial you can look back and say "if God got me through that one, He will certainly get e through this!"
    And the blessings at the end of it make it all worthwhile.. Heck the lesson in itself is a blessing sometimes!

    Visiting from the Prowess and Pearls blog hop :)

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    1. Absolutely, Ren! "During your next trial you can look back and say, "If God got me through that one, He will certainly get me through this!" And if you record all those things in a journal then you have a treasure trove of examples of God's past faithfulness in your life to encourage you in future trials. I agree, too, "And the blessings at the end of it make it all worthwhile.. Heck the lesson in itself is a blessing sometimes!" God bless you abundantly!

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  7. In our tunnel vision, we always see only the direct road in front of us with the dark foreboding ahead - but God sees the twists and turns that lead to life. I love when Joseph said to his brothers, "You did not bring me here, God did so that I could preserve life."

    Great thoughts and thanks for linking them up this week, Brooke! Blessings dear sister!

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    1. Thanks, Kate! You're exactly right. It's our tunnel vision that lead us to feel discouraged. But God, being outside of time, can see the beginning and end all at the same time. He sees the big picture. And He has no worries because He is in control. I love that quote from Joseph, too. My favorite! God bless you greatly!

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  8. Very encouraging words and right on time!

    Visiting from the Prowess and Pearls blog hop :)

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    1. Thanks, Lisi! So glad this encouraged you! God bless you tremendously!

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  9. So true!!! God is sovereign and is always working on our behalf. We need to choose to look up to Him during the times when looking out at life around us seems hopeless. He is ALWAYS with us!!

    Pinned this!! Such an encouraging post!! Thanks for sharing this with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!!

    Krys @thet2women.com and www.worshipingwhilewaiting.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Krystle! So glad this blessed you! I love this, "We need to choose to look up to Him during the times when looking out at life around us seems hopeless. He is ALWAYS with us!!" I immediately thought of Peter walking on water to Jesus. With his eyes fixed on Jesus, Peter could do the impossible, walk on water. However, the second Peter got distracted by the wind and the waves around him, he immediately began to sink. But kudos to Peter that the split second he felt himself sinking he looked up to Jesus and cried out for help--great response to trials! God bless you massively!

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  10. Hi Brooke! I am visiting from Sharing His Beauty.

    I can think of so many times I got worried about situations, and God would show me how silly it is to worry. It always turned out just fine, I was just not able to see it. Just like you said, it was hard to see the real circumstance because of my emotions at the time.

    Great post! Nice to meet you too :)

    Happy Monday!
    Ceil

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    1. Thanks, Ceil! I can totally relate to you. Many times God has shown me how silly I was to worry about something, by working my crazy circumstances out perfectly. God bless you completely!

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  11. What an encouragment to read. Oh - yes...I went through such a season last winter...I really thought things couldn't get worse for our family....and 6 months later the heavens opened and amazing blessing poured down. Sometimes we just have to praise God through the storm and trust that on the other side are sunny days!

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    1. Thanks, Rosilind! Praise the Lord! That is awesome to hear! I agree, "Sometimes we just have to praise God through the storm and trust that on the other side are sunny days!" God bless you richly!

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  12. I think we've all been there - feeling like things couldn't get worse and wondering how you're going to turn it around. I guess that's where faith and self belief come in.

    I'd love it if you'd link this post (and any other inspiring posts) to my Inspire linkup each Monday. Check out the link below if you'd like to join in :)

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! Yes, faith can move mountains. Thanks for the invite to link up. I've added your blog to my link up page. God bless you immeasurably!

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  13. Joseph's story is such a wonderful story. He was faithful wherever God placed him, even when circumstances were difficult he continued to trust and shine!

    Yes, we can become bitter or we can believe that no matter what, God is faithful and wait on Him! Thanks for linking up to "Making Your Home Sing Monday!"

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    1. I agree. Joseph is an amazing example. I am so thankful for his story in Genesis. God bless you mightily!

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