Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. Genesis 45:4-5 (NIV)
You will go through trials. You will experience difficulty. You will wonder what is going on. You will think that the dreams I have given you are long gone and dead. You will think that you are all alone. You will wonder where I am. You may want to give up hope. You may be about to lose faith. Is any of this sounding a little bit familiar to you? It certainly does sound more than a little bit familiar. I have wondered if I was all alone. I have had dreams that I have thought were long gone and dead. I have wondered where you are. I have almost given up hope. But, I haven’t lost faith. I’m still holding on to you. That’s very good. Can you look back at your past trials to see how I have used them to work in and through your life? Can you see how I have used trails to mold and shape your life? Can you look back and see that you never were alone. I have been with you on every step of your life. Yes, I can see that your hand was on me. You were with me. I also know that you were not the author of my trails. You did not bring them on me. Yet, you have used every one of them to make me into the person who I am today. That’s right.
Can I ask you a few questions? Go right ahead. Are the dreams that you have given to me still alive? Will you still be using me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name? Do you still have a purpose and plan for my life? Do you still have good works prepared in advance for me to do for you? What do you think? I’m sure that you still want to use me. I think that you have been preparing me for however you want to use me. I’m sure that you have a purpose and a plan for my life. I know that you still have good works prepared in advance for me to do for you. You are right. Have faith in me. Follow me to where I lead you. Do what I give you to do for me. Yes Lord, I will. My hand is on you. I will use you in ways that you could not have imagined.
Lord, thank you for giving me dreams about how you want to use me for your purpose and glory. Help me to trust you through the trials and difficulties I will face in life. Use them all to mold and shape me as your faithful servant. Amen
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