Joseph Sold by His Brothers
The story of Joseph is an extraordinary instance of the providence of God – God’s capacity to orchestrate events to bring about His excellent purposes. But, as Pastor Shannon noted, when we’re in the midst of hard situations, we generally see only the “ground level” view, not the “aerial,” or major-image, view. I listened to Shannon’s sermon sitting behind a lady who has knowledgeable waves of tough issues, one particular soon after a further, in the final year. I am praying that she will take to heart Shannon’s exhortation to recall that there is an aerial view – that God’s providence is at perform – even if she cannot see it correct now. For whom can you pray?
Just before the Lord, believe about your personal propensity to take into account Him from the ground level only. Do I affirm God’s goodness only when my situations are excellent – effortless, comfy, and content? Do I doubt His care and providence when tough and painful issues come my way? If your self-examination, like mine, leads to the conclusion that you are a frail and fickle creature, ask the Lord to use His word and His persons to support you “zoom out” to see the aerial view, in excellent instances and terrible. Thank our gracious Lord that He loves us, even in our frailty and fickleness, as Pastor Todd reminded us by opening Sunday’s service with Zephaniah three:17: The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one particular who will save He will rejoice more than you with gladness He will quiet you by his like He will exult more than you with loud singing.
We would get in touch with God astounding if He straight away stepped in and stopped evil when it rears its ugly head. Is not it even additional astounding, Shannon asked, that God lets evil come about – offers persons freedom to make evil alternatives – and then utilizes that evil for excellent? The “good” is God’s personal glory but also the excellent of His persons, as in the case of Joseph and his loved ones. Even additional drastically, God utilised the evil act of killing Jesus, the only completely innocent man who ever lived, to safe our eternal salvation. Devote some of your prayer time meditating on our astounding God’s capacity to use evil for excellent, and praise Him.
Calvary Loved ones
Continue to pray for God’s wisdom for our leaders and voting members of our congregation as we take into account the proposal to borrow revenue to full the Journey of Faith and develop a new worship center.
Wanda Clark went household to be with the Lord on Sunday morning, ending a hard final phase of life. She lost her husband, Gene, 3 years ago and broke her hip final November. Please pray for her loved ones and mates as they mourn her passing.
It goes with no saying that we must pray faithfully for our pastors and their spouses and households. Some of you undoubtedly do! For the rest of us, let’s join our hearts in lifting up our shepherds this week. My compact group devoted most of our prayer time to this subject final evening possibly your compact group would like to as nicely.
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