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Spiritual Lessons from the Life of Joseph. Is God in control?
How are you going to use the gifts given to you by God? Use your gifts in service to others.
In the midst of life's struggles; when life is not fair and there are choices to be made; remember that you are not alone. The Lord is always with you.
This is a follow up to last week's sermon on Judah and Tamar. In that sermon I argued that at the conclusion of the story, when Judah declares of Tamar "She is more righteous than I' that that is declaration of Judah's conversion. He is now a man who walks with God. In this sermon we look at the marks of Judah's conversion, as seen in the role he plays in the interactions between his brothers and Joseph in Egypt.
Despite the hurts and challenges in any family life, God is always able to weave it back together to redeem and restore peace and control.
Joseph never got to do what he wanted to do in life. He wanted to be with his brothers in the field, but they kidnaped him and sold him into slavery. He wound up in Egypt, serving Potiphar’s house, and then falsely accused was jailed for a crime he didn’t commit. He wound up serving the Pharaoh until his dying day. But Joseph saw godly purpose in his life. He experienced God’s presence even in his worst. And the presence of God made his life into a blessing: ‘. . . God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives’ (Genesis 50). Our purposes in life extend far beyond our jobs or even our roles or responsibilities. Jesus was a carpenter, but he was so much more than that. Each one of us has a ‘calling,’ a God-given purpose for which we have been entrusted with the precious gift of life. And it is in the exercise of that calling: blessing, giving God glory, faithfulness, sacrifice, faith, hope and love, that we experience the presence of God with us.
The story of Joseph teaches us that through the adversity we face, God can be glorified and we can grow spiritually.
All the blessing of the Lord knows how to do is create the garden of Eden. So when you take a blessed man and put him into a cursed situation, he will turn it into Eden.