Faith At 10,000 Feet

He sat chained to a rocking slave-trader’s cart, watching his sneering brothers disappear over the horizon as the caravan trundled toward Egypt.  Had his back-stabbing brothers really done this to him?

Joseph didn’t know it at the time, but he wouldn’t see his brothers or his father again for many years.  He’d never see his home again.  He didn’t know he’d become an Egyptian slave, then be unjustly accused and tossed into prison for years.

But neither did he know he’d interpret his fellow prisoners’ dreams, which would lead him to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams and be promoted to the most powerful position in Egypt under Pharaoh.  Nor did he know that in a “twist” of providence, his own childhood dream would come to pass.  His treacherous brothers would bow before him, finding themselves at his mercy.  Which is exactly what Joseph showed them.

“And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life” (GE 45.5).

How was Joseph able to be so merciful?  Because he’d seen how God had used his brothers’ sins to bring incredible blessings into his life and thousands of others’ lives.

Joseph didn’t gloss over their sin – he said, “You sent me here.”  But Joseph had seen how God used their betrayal to position him to provide food in a famine for multitudes, including his brothers and father.  Now he saw the bigger picture – God had sent him to Egypt.

When others hurt us it’s hard to see past the offense to God’s grand designs.  It’s like trying to see through a forest at ground level.  We need to rise to 10,000 feet to see the bigger picture through the eyes of faith.  When we remember God is sovereign, it’s much easier to be merciful.

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Comments

  1. says

    So true, we need to step back & look for the bigger picture.
    Though that’s sometimes very hard when your in the middle of it, Sometimes its only afterward we look back & see God’s hand.

  2. says

    Boaly,

    Yes, the challenge is to remember when we’re in the middle of it, that there is a bigger picture we’ll see someday, and it will turn out for our good and God’s glory.

  3. says

    Hey Mark,
    Wow! I can’t believe that this is what your post was on today!
    I have been reading a lot about Joseph and the Lord has really been dealing with me. In my short little life I have tasted a lot of grief and a lot of hurt, I’m not saying that to gain sympathy. I say it because it’s true, in the past 34 years of my life I lost my father at 14, my wife when I was 34 not long after that my Mom informed me that I was adopted, unbeknown to me, after that news her health plummeted and then she passed away, and then recently I lost my source of income. I know that through all of this stuff, God is ultimately in control. I don’t always understand the why of things but I know the Who that is behind every difficult circumstance in my life. God never allows things in our lives that don’t first pass through His loving hands, He is sovereign and He is good. We have to see things from the bigger picture, as you said in your post.
    What was meant to harm me God will use for my ultimate good, whether that is here or in eternity….our God is good and very much in control! Thank you for such a wonderful encouragement for this Monday!
    Blessings
    Ron Reffett

  4. says

    Hey Ron,

    I respect you so much for the trust in God that you are displaying in the midst of your suffering. You are bringing him so much glory. The words of your mouth testify to the wonderful work Jesus has done in your heart. I want to imitate you!

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