Stuff Happens

So. I’m pretty fond of the Old Testament, as many of you know. And as I read through the book of Genesis again, I’m struck by Joseph’s story. He’s the first-born son of his father’s favorite wife (dysfunctional family), he’s the preferred child, his father’s favorite son. His brothers hate him.

And that’s only the beginning.

He’s a dreamer. Someone that God speaks to. Who likes that?

So, the brothers kidnap him, and sell him into slavery. In his new slave position, his owner’s wife accuses him (falsely) of rape. He’s wrongly sent to prison. In prison, he helps a fellow prisoner, only to be left behind — used and forgotten.

Bad stuff, if you asked me.

In today’s world, these kinds of abuses aren’t supposed to happen to God’s people. We conquer. We succeed. We prosper. Right?

Not.

But there are 5 key words that separate Joseph from the world. Even as he is abused, used, forgotten, ill-treated and accused. Five words keep him from sinking into the slime of disappointment and resentment.

“The Lord was with Joseph.”

You see them in Gen 39:2, and again in 39:21.

Bad stuff? Yep. It happens. But what separates believers from the masses is that the Lord IS WITH US, as we go through it. John 14 says, “The world cannot accept him [the Holy Spirit] because it neither sees him nor knows him. BUT YOU KNOW HIM FOR HE LIVES WITH YOU AND WILL BE IN YOU.” (caps mine)

Jesus promised it. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He meant it.

So. I had a really rotten Easter Sunday. The kind you don’t ever expect as a believer. Nothing permanent. Just human. And guess what. He was with me. And he’s working with me to figure out what happened, and what part of it is mine. He’s with us.

If you belong to Jesus, stuff happens. But HE will be with you as you go through it. I can’t think of a better promise! Bette

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2 Responses to “Stuff Happens”

  1. Mary Beth Says:

    It can’t be all that bad. Afterall, you’re going to be a Grandma!

  2. Char flett Says:

    Thank you for reminding me of this during these difficult days. I am not a joseph, however, we do have the same God who will be with me, as he was with him. I just need to let God have the reins as Joseph did in his trials. “I believe, help my unbelief

    He gives us wonderful Christian friends to help show us the way. You, Bette, are certainly one of them. Thank you for being there.

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