16Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.
17He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:
18Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:
19Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.
20The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.
21He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:
22To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.
Sent by God!
How does God work among His people? To answer that question we turn to the Old Testament, for in it we have a glowing example of God's interaction with the children of Israel. Psalm 105 gives us an abbreviated view of God's preserving His people during the time of Joseph, showing us that everything that happened to Joseph was ordered by God.
God called for a famine upon the land; it did not happen by chance, but was ordered by the Lord. Yet, He already had plans in place to preserve His people, for years earlier He sent a man before them who would be instrumental in preserving their lives. Who did He send? He sent Joseph.
Wait! I thought Joseph ended up in Egypt because his brothers sold him to some Ishmaelites traders who were headed in that direction. Could it be, that though his brothers meant to do evil to Joseph, God was ordering His steps, even then? He was only a lad--probably in his late teens. His feet were hurt with fetters; he was laid in iron. Yet God was trying His servant, Joseph--preparing him for his future.
Wronged in Egypt, Joseph was thrown in prison. It certainly did not seem like God's hand was upon him, but it was! Though he was treated cruelly for a time, yet God raised him up so that he became second in power only to Pharaoh himself. The time came when his brothers (the princes) came to him; he had every opportunity to repay his brothers (his senators) for the the evil they had done to him.
However, Joseph looked upon his brothers and finally understood the hand of God ordering all of the events of his life. How could he wickedly repay his brothers when his steps had been part of God's great plan to preserve his people?
Does God work among His people in the same way in our day? Is He truly intimately involved in all of the details of our lives, ordering events to occur so that His will might be done? Yes! Like Joseph, we are called to look beyond the immediate causes of our mistreatment or discomfort, and see the hand of God. For God orders our lives to accomplish His almighty purposes and to bring us safely home to Him.
We have a God who is touched by the feelings of our infirmities--who loves us and cares for us more than we can comprehend. Nothing occurs in our lives without the stamp of God's faithful hand ordering our lives that we may grow in the knowledge and grace of our dear Lord and Savior. Christ is all! Nothing else matters.
It seems to take a lifetime for us to truly come the the acquiescence that our lives belong to God. The things of this life are meaningless in light of eternity. Only what is done for Christ will last!
Let us go, then, in the grace and power of the Lord and live this day for His honor and glory alone--sent by God!
God Bless You,