February 23, 2017

Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

Joseph was able to forgive because he was able to recognize God’s hand in what had happened to him. He was living in some of the greatest luxury in the world at this point, and he realized that had his brothers not sold him into slavery, none of this would have happened. Our problem with forgiveness is that we don’t trust God with the eventual outcome, but rather focus on the immediate hurt. We need to believe that God will work everything together for good, (Romans 8:28) whatever the situation looks like at the moment. We panic and start blaming people because we focus on right here right now, not recognizing that this whole world is temporary. Like Jesus, we need to look ahead in faith. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2) Anything we go through here is ultimately no big deal!

We’ve been having some big-time training in this area over the past few months, but this is something we need to remember all the time. I don’t know God’s ultimate plans for anything, except that He’s going to work it all out in the end, so I’ve got to trust Him with it all. When God was able to plan for the nation of Israel the way He did, my life should certainly be no problem! My task is obedient faithfulness, whatever seems to be going on to my senses. In the spiritual realm, I’m pretty senseless! Right now there are many questions about all sorts of things. As the Lord has had me pray several times recently, there is far more that we don’t know than we do know. That’s not going to change, so my focus must be to know more of God, to press into Him and seek to be available to Him, because He’s the only one who knows what’s going on, really, and He’s working it all to a glorious conclusion.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for all that You’ve been bringing us through, and all that lies in the future. Help me indeed rest, relax, and rejoice in You whatever is going on, forgiving as I have been forgiven and acting as Your agent, making the most of every opportunity (Ephesians 5:16) so that the works of the devil may be destroyed (1 John 3:8) and many people set free to repent and believe, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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