His Clay sees the Masters plan
- Genesis 45:3 (ESV)
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- Genesis 45:8 (ESV)
How many times in the 22 years since he was sold into slavery by his brothers did Joseph fall to his knees and beg God to know the answer to a question often on all of our lips: Why? As he sat in the pit…why God? As he worked as a slave…why God? As he sat in prison… why God? And now, looking back he can see the fingerprints of God on his life story. The master’s hand cared for him and guided him to this point so that he may care for his family. Joseph could just as easily been vengeful or bitter. I think many people would be. He could have been smug and callous toward his brothers. But he choose to see this moment as the answer to his prayer “Why?” and not be blinded by his circumstance.
I know all of us have moments in life where we ask this simple question. I’ve had my fair share of these moments just this year. Many of you know the story of Robby’s Journey Home. It’s a story of how I almost lost my wife and third son. I asked God “why?” several times in the course of the 72 hour period before and after Robby was born. He has blessed me with an answer: so that I can show people that our God still is in the miracle business and be reminded of this every time I look at my wife and son.
I also remember my friend Amie who was murdered during a robbery. Hearing the story of her amazing faith had such an impact on not only my faith but so many others, the answer to the question “Why?” was evident. God turned this tragedy into triumph.
But you have to look for the answers. It’s easy to be blinded by bitterness and be angry at God for all the bad things that happen to us. If the first step in healing is asking God “Why?” then the second step is to learn how to wait for his answer and then see it when He shows you. Joseph had to wait 22 years yet he remained faithful to his Lord. I believe God will always show us the answer to our question in His time, when the answer is complete. Until then we must place our hope in the Sovereignty of God.
It’s like watching a great composer create a new masterpiece. We see notes being inked out one at a time and often they don’t sound good in of themselves. Then we see a phrase and the hint of a melody. Then at least we hear the full score being played and it takes our breath away it is so perfect and beautiful. The end result is what was always in the masters plan… that is why He is the master.
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