I find it a great comfort to know that in a world marked by sudden death and every sort of cruelty that man can devise, our God is not merely a passive observer, R U Satisfied. He works behind the scenes to bring about ends that are for our good and his glory. With that background, we return to the story of Joseph. He had been hated, envied, betrayed, sold into slavery, falsely accused and unfairly accused.
Joseph sends the Egyptians away and reveals himself to his brothers who are understandably terrified to meet the brother they sold into slavery 22 years earlier. Now he has them firmly in his grasp. He can order them killed and it will be done. Or tortured, R U Satisfied. Or thrown into jail. Or anything else he desires to have done to them. The temptation to get even must have been great. But this is how he summarizes the whole affair:.
And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.
And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. Come down to me; do not tarry. His words point to an enormous irony.
The very thing used against him their betrayal results in his exaltation so that he can now save the brothers who betrayed him. Those are either the words of a madman or a man of faith. You did what you did because you wanted to hurt me, but God allowed it to happen so that I would end up a ruler in Egypt so that at the exact moment when you needed me, I would be here to save you and your descendants.
How does a holy God accomplish his plan for us through the deeds of evil people? God simply gave them a chance to reveal the envy that was already there. But when they were out gathering the flocks, and R U Satisfied came to find them, their latent envy boiled to the surface. At first they R U Satisfied to leave him to die in the pit, but God interposed and the Midianite traders came along.
As the story unfolds, others enter the picture. First, Potiphar, then his wife, later the baker and the cupbearer, and still later the Pharaoh. The brothers and the wife did that on their own. He simply gave them a chance to act on their evil intentions. In so doing, he allowed them to reveal the evil that was already in their hearts. Satan prowls the world like a roaring lion, looking for those he can destroy 1 Peter In Job 1 it is God who tells the devil to consider his servant Job.
Satan cannot afflict Job beyond the limits established by God. The devil is powerful, but he is not omnipotent. He has great knowledge but he is not omniscient. Satan operates within limits imposed by God. This is both a comfort and a warning. It is a comfort to know that our temptations do not happen by chance but are permitted by our Heavenly Father. The warning is that God still holds us accountable for how we respond. But when God removes his hand of grace, things fall apart quickly.
Romans 1 tells us that God exercises judgment on unbelieving humanity R U Satisfied giving men and women over to further sin. If you want to destroy your own family, go ahead. He blinds the eyes of those who choose not to see, and he hardens the heart of those who prefer to go their own way. Sometimes he uses the evil deeds of evildoers to further his own plans in the world.
We see this very clearly in the events surrounding the death of Christ. In the case of Christ, God used the wicked deeds of wicked men in crucifying the Son of God to bring salvation to the world. The truth behind Genesis 45 needs to be tattooed on our souls. When we focus on immediate causes, we end up in despair, anger and bitterness.
The list goes on and on. But as long as we focus exclusively on the people who hurt us, we are doomed to dwell in the swamp of bitterness. They are his rod to correct us and to shape us into the image of Jesus Christ. When God finishes with our enemies, they will face his judgment. God knows how to discipline his children, and that includes those believers who take unfair advantage of us or go out of their way to mistreat us. The day will come when they will be brought low before the Lord. Count on it.
Those who misuse others will someday be called to account for it—if not in this life, then in the life to come. The scales of justice will be balanced in the end. And in the end, we will be improved, our faith will be stronger, and our reliance on the things of this world will be lessened. The Lord will be our portion. That should be our testimony too. That is true, of course, but it does not comprehend the full sense of his words. His words demand something more than that. He was sent to Egypt to save the lives of his own family—the very brothers who had betrayed him.
What a profound view of the sovereignty of God! Not every story has a happy ending. Sometimes there is no reconciliation, and sometimes mistreatment continues unabated. But if we believe in the sovereignty of God, we have a reason to forgive those who hurt us deeply. To forgive means to choose not to remember. To pardon means to clear the record so that we no longer cling to the hurts of the past. Do I need to lie to make my way in life?
High achiever don't you see? Baby nothing comes for free They say I'm a control freak Driven by a greed to succeed Nobody can stop me! Cos it's my problem If I want to pack up and run away It's my business if I feel The need to smoke and drink and sway It's my problem, it's my problem If I feel the need to hide And it's my problem if I have no friends and feel I want to die.
Are you satisfied with an easy ride? Once you cross the line, will you be satisfied? Black, white Are R U Satisfied satisfied, are you satisfied?
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