There have been periods in my life that just seem like a low, but looking back I see how God's hand was on me and how He helped me through. For the last few days, I took a break from Joseph's story as I read through Genesis 38, but earlier in the week I looked at how Joseph went from being the beloved son of his father to being sold to some traders. There are some things we are told throughout Joseph's story that shows us how God's hand was not only on him, but that God allowed things to happen because he had a greater plan for Joseph. Plans so great that no one could have imagined them! Please turn to Genesis 39:1-6 and see how Joseph had arrived to the lowest place in his life up to this moment.
I don't know about you, but I would think that being the loved son of a wealthy man it would seem like a great low to becoming the slave in foreign country. I'm sure Joseph was wondering what his dreams could have possibly meant as he was serving his master. But, in verse 5 there is a phrase that sticks out at me, "the Lord began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake." Do you see that? God blessed Potiphar. This was not because of his stellar treatment of Joseph or because he had made a great choice buying Joseph. We are told that the Lord blessed Potiphar's household for Joseph's sake. For Joseph's sake. Think on that for a moment.
Joseph was at a low in his life, yet God was doing things for his sake. You see, even though this situation probably didn't make a whole lot of sense to Joseph, he still honored God. God was his God and He was with him. God was intervening in such a difficult spot for Joseph even though it seemed like he had been abandoned. Instead, God worked in such a way for Joseph that Potiphar didn't have to worry about a single thing at home except for what he should eat. That's not so bad when you consider that Potiphar probably had some high level decisions to make all day long. He could just go home and struggle with the decision of what he should eat for the day.
There are times in our life that seems like backward movement from our dreams - dreams that God may have placed on our hearts. That is such a difficult place to be! Imagine having dreams that your entire family would be bowing before you and then you become a slave. That seems like the complete opposite direction from the dreams God gave him, yet as we read through his story we will see that it actually brought him closer to that dream. Don't be discouraged by backwards motion. If you are following God and things seem to go wrong; remember that God is with you. Even if it seems so far from the dream you have been given God may be using that moment to get you closer to the dream. It is just hard to see when you are in that place. Be encouraged and know that God is with you!
Are you in a discouraging spot? Do you believe that God is working for your sake?
This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.