July 22, 2013
This last week my wife and I took a group of high school students to Longview, TX to attend CIY (Christ in Youth).
Guys, it was downright awesome!
I’ve attended CIY in the past and enjoyed it. This was the largest group that we’ve taken and it was the best conference I have been to yet.
The whole week we looked at the life of Joseph. Joseph was the son of Jacob (Israel) in the Old Testament. His story can be found in Genesis 37-50. Here’s how his story goes in a nutshell.
He was Jacob’s favorite son.
His brothers hated him.
His father gave him a coat.
His brothers hated him more.
He had dreams that one day his family would bow before him.
His brothers wanted him dead.
He was thrown in a bit by his brothers and sold into slavery by them.
He was sold in Egypt and ended up a slave in Potiphar’s house (the captain of the guard.)
Potiphar’s wife wanted to sleep with Joseph but he refused.
Potiphar had Joseph thrown in prison on a false accusation of trying to rape his wife.
Joseph interpreted dreams in prison but remained there for several years.
Joseph interpreted the Pharaoh’s dreams and was made 2nd in command in all of Egypt.
His brothers came and bowed before him.
He revealed himself to them, displayed his forgiveness and they all lived in Egypt for the rest of their lives.
You can see why his story takes up so much of Genesis.
Through all circumstances Joseph never gave up on God. When Potiphar’s wife tempted him day after day, he responded “How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?” He didn’t say, “Well God has left me here, I enjoy a good time with a beautiful woman, so okay. God will hopefully overlook this.”
After being in prison for so long and then being brought before Pharaoh, Joseph still had not lost sight of who God was. When Pharaoh told Joseph he heard Joseph could interpret dreams Joseph said, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
In other words, “No, I can’t. But God can.”
Joseph knew that God was in complete control of his life, no matter what was happening.
When bad things start happening to us, we look to God and blame Him. We yell at Him. We refuse to follow Him until He changes our situation. We compromise, believing God will understand because we have it so hard.
As Christians, that is not the response we should have. Joseph was in a pit, sold into slavery, and in prison, but never turned his back on God.
I’m not saying we don’t face hardships in our lives. I’m not trying to downplay the difficulties you may currently be facing. None of that, though, excuses a lack of faith in God.
God is faithful in all circumstances. We may not be able to see Him, or feel Him, but when we are carrying out His will, you can guarantee He is there.
God is faithful and that requires we are as well. We must be faithful followers in every circumstance we find ourselves. No situation is an excuse for us to leave the will of God.
So stand up! Rise up and carry out the will of God. There are people all around this world doing what you are doing every single day.
As Christians, we are a part of the Kingdom of God. He has a plan for each of us. He has a purpose for us and he wants us to complete the work he has laid before us.
Be faithful with the work He has given you.
Be a Kingdom Worker.