Devotion for Wednesday, July 29 from Sue Zwyghuizen
Hello….Sue Zwyghuizen here. Today is day #138 since the world as we know it was turned upside down. In many ways, it feels like it has been forever and yet it is only a blip in God’s timing. I hope that all of you have been able to find some peace during this time. I have found that reading God’s word daily is the only way to stay grounded. I have been amazed at how many of the Bible stories look different than when I have read them in the past. My perspective has changed in the current environment and so does my understanding of what God is trying to communicate to me. How awesome is it that God’s word is so solid that it is our guide no matter WHAT circumstance we find ourselves in? Let me say it again…….what an awesome God we serve!
One of the familiar stories is the story of Joseph. When Joseph was despised by his brothers, thrown into a pit, sold by his brothers, sold into Potiphar’s house, falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife, thrown into prison, forgotten about by the Butler, He kept his eyes on Jesus. His faith didn't waver. That was not the end of Joseph because God had other plans for him. Joseph could have felt 'targeted', bitter and blame God or those around him for what was happening to him. But instead, he kept moving forward and forgiving those who had wronged him because it was part of God’s plan.
Genesis 45 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him, and Pharaoh’s household heard about it.
3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.
4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.[a]
8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.
Be encouraged today and every day by holding on to God when things don't make sense. Whatever your beliefs about the current situation you will likely encounter cynicism and mockery at some point! As Christians, we need to work hard not to be those people who are saying hurtful things to others no matter the differences of opinion. God is for you and has incredible plans for you. Look to Him, trust Him, read his word, and keep the faith as we all walk this strange path in this season.