Devotional 4/16

Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character. Psalm 105:19

It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.
A.W Tozer

It is overwhelming to experience darkness, if we have come to know and serve the Light of The World. It makes one wonder, how am I bound, when I’m supposed to be walking in light and in truth. Where is God anyway? It’s important to guard our hearts when we find ourselves in the valleys of death or in the pits of life. 

God had shown Joseph some of His destiny, yet for a long time- he did not see any of it. Joseph went through ups and downs in life, and it’s interesting to note that he served God faithfully. He was sold (by his own family) to the Egyptians. He became a successful servant in Pharaoh’s house. And then unjustly, he was incarcerated. It could have made him question: This is not how I envisioned my life. Was this orchestrated by you Lord, or is the devil getting away with murder? Are these the consequences to my sins? Are you punishing me God? Were my dreams even of God, or was it just my imagination? Am I called of God? Sure, I’m the captain of the jail, and objectively it looks like a big deal… but God, this really isn’t fair. The people I’ve helped have forgotten me. I don’t have any friends or family. I don’t have freedom, neither do I have money. I’m stuck, and can’t go anywhere: but God remember me, I’m still leading, I’m still serving you.  

Joseph had a BUT GOD moment. BUT GOD moments are the pivotal moments when the devil thinks he’s won, or times when we think it’s over, BUT GOD intervenes. God promoted Joseph from one day to the next. We can say, he became an overnight success. He went from prisoner to Pharaoh’s right hand man. The bible is interesting because it is not a book of fairytales; it is a book which tells the experience of many dealing with the dark seasons of life. The bible tells many stories of loneliness, rejection, family issues, unfortunate events, illness, inadequacy and hopelessness. Rachel and Leah, Joseph, King David, Elijah, Jonah, Hannah and Peninah, Hezekiah, Tamar and Absalom, Peter, Paul, Jesus Christ and so many others, experienced BUT GOD moments. For instance, when the prophet Isaiah told Hezekiah to get his life in order because He would soon die, BUT GOD added 15 years to his life.

The pain you’ve gone through, is so that you can identify with others. God will use you to counsel and comfort many. And like Joseph, what the devil meant for evil God meant for good. Transitions are never easy, but God has equipped us to stand. Every trial has an end date. There is an appointed time for your breakthrough!

Let’s pray:

Father God, we don’t know what you are doing but we believe that a breakthrough is here. You are doing a New Thing and it is now, even if we may not perceive it. I pray for my brothers and sisters to continue persevering, holding on and to speak life over their situations.  Father, I ask you to open our eyes to see things as you see things as you do. I rebuke and bind all anxiety, doubt, and depression. I plead the blood of Jesus over the saints, and come against all assignments of spiritual death, abortion and suicide. In Jesus name, Amen.   

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