EVERYTHING WORKS TOGETHER
After Joseph revealed himself to his brother, he told them to bring his father to Egypt. Pharaoh found out about the news of his brothers and his father, so he told Joseph to get his father and all his family from Canaan and live in the best of the land in Egypt. When Jacob heard about the news that Joseph was still alive and became the second-highest official in the Egyptian Empire, he couldn't believe it. But once Jacob was convinced that Joseph was still alive, he set for Egypt with Pharaoh's wagons. As Jacob passed through a place called Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to God, and God spoke to him, saying, "I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there. I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will close your eyes." (Genesis 46:3-4).
When Joseph finally met his father, he fell on his neck and cried for a long time. Jacob was 130 years old at this time. When Jacob died, he told his brother this, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children." (Genesis 50:19-21). God restored everything that Joseph had lost. He lost his freedom when he was sold to slavery, but he became the second-highest official in Egypt. He lost his family, but he got them back and saved them from famine. When Joseph thought that he lost it all, God was not done.
We always need to remember that God is always at work in our lives. As we surrender to God's will and trust Him completely, He fulfills His beautiful plan in our lives. All of the pain and suffering that we are going through today, God uses them for His purpose in our lives. We may not understand all the details of His purpose in our lives, but we need to realize that God loves and cares about us. Everything works together for the good of those who love God. No matter how bad it gets in our lives, we will always have hope because God will always be working in our lives, and our lives will always be in His loving hands.
Ask yourself these questions: Do I believe that God has my life in his loving hands? What should I need to remember when I feel that I am losing hope? Do I believe that God will carry me through this life?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in heaven, thank you that I am always secure in you. Please help me to believe in you when I am doubting. Thank you that you are working in every situation that I am facing today. Please continue to help me to surrender everything to you and trust you completely. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.