The Messenger: Pastor Davis
Text: Genesis 45:1-8
In the text, Joseph was loved by his parents and hated by his brothers who plotted against him and sold him into slavery. He was knocked down again and again. There came a time when there was a famine in Canaan, and his brothers came to Egypt for grain. Joseph revealed his identity, forgave his brothers and reunited with his family. He said to his brothers, “And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life . . . It was not you who sent me here, but God.” (vv. 3-5, 8).
Joseph’s story mirrors our own lives and reminds us that if we just trust in God, it is possible to forgive, even when we do not feel forgiving. For Joseph, everything centered on God. He kept his eye on God and never waivered because he knew that God was always in control and nothing just happens. The steps of a good person are ordered by God. Life can be chaotic or confusing, but we must remember that our lives have been orchestrated by God. God is always in control. Each of us has a covenant with God, and what God said He would do, He will do.
There are times in life when we have something that means the world to us, and we lose it. Things happen that do not make sense, and we want to believe that the pain has a purpose and is not all for nothing. During those times, we must get up, keep moving despite the pain and count our blessings thanking God for all that He has done. We just have to believe and know that there is, indeed, a light at the end of the tunnel. Nothing just happens. God knows where we are in life, all of our secrets, and all of our pain. God is still in charge. When things go wrong, stop and acknowledge that God is deal-ing with them. Make up your mind today that God is still in control!