Joseph’s Bad Day

Today while reading my daily Bible I read the following passage from Genesis 37.  It tells about Joseph and the relationship he had with his brothers and his father.  He was a good boy, and his father loved him very much.  But his brothers?  They hated him.  They were jealous and angry.

One day, when Joseph came out to see them, they plotted to kill him.  Instead they threw him in a well.  From there he was sold into slavery.  In the years that followed he was a servant, was accused of sexual assault, and spent time in prison.  This is what God allowed to happen to his faithful son, Joseph.

Needless to say, Joseph had a bad day.  His family wanted to kill him.  They threw him out.  They sold him to slavery.  Everyone and everything he knew was stripped away from him.  He didn’t know if he would ever see his father or brother again.

What’s interesting about this is that Joseph never cried or complained that God didn’t love him.  He never decided that there could be no God because such bad things had happened to him.  He continued to pray and trust in the Lord. 

When he was a slave he did his best and was rewarded.  When he was a prisoner he did his best and was rewarded.  He was faithful to God and when it was time for God to use Him for His glory Joseph was released from prison.  He was rich, happy and successful.  Joseph was eventually reunited with his family.  He was the tool that God used to save the children of Israel from the drought.

Joseph didn’t know what God’s plan for him was when his brothers, whom he loved, grabbed him and were going to kill him.  He didn’t know the plan when he was cast into the well.  He didn’t know what the plan was as he worked as a slave among strangers far from home.  He didn’t know the plan when he slept in a prison cell.

Joseph didn’t need to know God’s plan because he knew God.  He knew that God had made a covenant with his people.  He knew that he would survive and was ready to serve for God’s glory.  He trusted in the promises of God, and all was well.

Right now things may be tough for us.  It may be hard.  It may seem like there is no hope.  There may be times when you believe that God has forgotten you, or that He doesn’t hear your prayers.  He hears.  He has great plans for us.  He promised to be with us for the good and the bad.  We only need to trust in his Word, and eventually the prison door will be opened.

God isn’t going to tell us the plan.  We don’t know what He has planned for us.  We just have to trust our father.  He made His promises in the Bible, and God does not change as men change.  In this time of trouble be faithful, be patient, and see what wonders God has planned for you.

Jeremiah 29:11-13
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Numbers 23:19
God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

The Great Myth

Since time began man has been fascinated by myth.  Fantastical tales that explain away what is unexplained.  Stories that allow for all that we don’t understand or cannot comprehend.  The key word here is story.  A myth is not fact.

As defined in the dictionary a myth is a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation.  It is not true.  It is not something that you can count on.  It is not something that will save you when the moment of truth comes.

The greatest myth of the modern era is that men do not need God.  That we do not need a savior.  That we can get by on just being good.  In encounters with non-believers, they frequently say, “I am a good person.”  But what is good? Who defines what good is?  Do we get to decide what is good and what is bad?

Psalms 14:3
All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
Isaiah 64:6
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

According to scripture God defined good when he presented the law to Moses, and all men who violate the law are sinners.  Jesus further defined sin during his ministry.  Their standard is by what we will be judged, not ours. 

Romans 3:19-20
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
Matthew 5:21-22
“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca, ‘ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

According to the scripture all men [and women] are sinners.  None of us is clean or pure.  None of us can attempt to stand before God in judgment and expect to be pardoned.  Sin cannot exist in the presence of God, and we cannot either while covered in our sin.  It is only through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that we can be washed clean of sin and receive everlasting life.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The greatest myth is that we can get to heaven just for being good, and that’s all it is.  Don’t put your faith in myths, but rather in truth, the truth found in God’s word.

Be My Daddy

You are the creator of Heaven and Earth.  You are the most high.  You are the beginning and the end.  You are the Alpha and the Omega.  You are the Lord of Lords.  You are our heavenly father.  You are God.

Tonight, though, I want you to just be my daddy.  I have fallen.  I want you to swoop me up from the ground and collect me onto your lap.  Kiss away my tears.  Blow onto my cuts where they sting and hurt.  Sing softly to me so that I forget why I am hurting. 

Let me tell you all of my fears.  Let me hand you all of my troubles and worries.  Tell me stories.  Hold me close.  Let me be a child in your arms. Put the world to right for me, so that I know only that I am safe and you are there. 

Then when all is calm, and I am at peace… Set me back on the ground ready to run again.