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Week 14 Blessed till the End
January 14, 2013
Blessed till the End
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
- Romans 8:28
To everyone who loves the Lord, things eventually work out right accordingly to his purpose. Those who cling upon his name have been blessed by his love and power. The people who walks with God’s word everyday experiences how they have always been under his goodness though there are some obstacles in the present.
As it can be seen, it is not a question that people’s lives are connected upon each other. Our lives are connected in one way or another by the lives of the people around us. One man’s ways can have an effect for those around. A certain individual can alter how his fellow man would view his day and any person can bring about a change in a friend’s behaviour.
As it is stated in the verse, “All things work together for good to them that love God”. Things will eventually turn out in a way that reflects God’s kindness upon his people. It is all in God’s plans. Sometimes he let difficult things happen for behind them lies the result of a better you. Often he just make it a point to have ourselves in a situation where valuable benefits awaits in the end. There are times when we have to go through the process of tribulation to bring out in us the more able and brand new you. It’s like those in the theatre where a piece of old material after undergoing some rough changes is covered by a blanket. The excitement is there. The eagerness is present. With the unveiling of the blanket, an awe fills the environment. Behold. Something brand new and better is in sight.
When Joseph the dreamer was just a boy, he was highly favoured by his father. He was his favourite among his sons. He was the child of his wife Rachel whom he deeply loved. He was called the dreamer because it was through his dreams that he had a glimpse of tomorrow. It was like he could see what was going to happen through the dreams God have shown him. The future that awaited him set a mark into his early years by the dreams he had dreamt.
He was seventeen when his brothers drop him to a pit due to the fact that their father Jacob loved him more. They were jealous of him that they have done that unfair act. Soon after, he was sold to slave dealers who were on their way to Egypt. He was all alone with no family in sight. Yet, he didn’t lose hope. He walked by God’s ways everyday. He didn’t made unpleasant actsw that could upset the Lord. He did his duties by the best way he could. He was regarded after he was sold to Potiphar as a trustworthy fellow. He was indeed blessed and the Lord was with him that he prospered. His master was the captain of the guards which saw him a very fine servant. However, his master’s wife found him as a handsome young fellow that she tried to have an affair with him. She would talked to him everyday. But, Joseph refused upon it. He didn’t want to betray the trust given upon him by his master.
On a certain day, he was accused of a false charge brought upon by his master’s wife. She had taken hold of his cloak and used it for her means. He was sent to prison but even behind bars, he prospered. He succeeded in the things he did. The jail warden had him in charge of the place just as he was on his former master.
Joseph’s life prove to be an example of how God makes all things work together for good to them who love him. He was sold to egypt. He became a servant but then after was put in prison because of a false testimony. He spent years in prison. Yet, eventually he became second to the king of Egypt. Pharaoh had a dream and Joseph have interpreted it exactly the way it would happen. He was put second in rank. It was by God’s acts that he was appointed upon this position.
From being a slave to a high ranking official of Egypt, the Lord found favor in him. The king of Egypt also saw that the Lord was with him that he said upon him, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.” (Gen 41:39-40). It was only with respect to the throne that the king of Egypt was greater than him. He knew what a well and right person Joseph was. With this, he trusted Joseph and he didn’t fail.
In mysterious ways, God moves in our lives. He works that things will fall according to his will. He can make even the worst of situations turn out to be a blessing just as it was the case with Joseph. By his power, he is able to transform matters that seem unnecessary to have an important part in one’s life. More likely, it is not a question of how but when. As Christians, we got to be patient. We got to persevere. The journey is more important than the destination as it is stated and with the journey, the destination is given much appreciation. Thanks be to God.