Tough circumstances of life always change our minds about God. They either tempt us to doubt what He’s promised, or they draw us closer to Him in faith. But we never stay the same.
God’s plan for your life is revealed and tested in times of struggle.
If you’re struggling today, don’t miss the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of God’s plan for you.
God’s Plan for Joseph (and You)
Despite his difficult years in Egypt, Joseph gave his sons Hebrew names, which revealed his continued faith in God.
- In naming his firstborn “Manasseh,” Joseph gave God credit as the One who had made him forget the toil and the pain his family had brought him (Genesis 41:51).
- Joseph’s second son he called “Ephraim,” meaning “fruitfulness,” for Joseph said, “God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction” (Genesis 41:52).
But Egypt would become a land of affliction for more than just Joseph.
God’s Plan for Joseph’s Brothers (and You)
Just as God earlier used natural elements to bring Joseph to Egypt, so the Lord would use the same to bring all nations to Joseph—including the brothers who betrayed him.
- God purposed to make the brothers fruitful (like Joseph) in a land of suffering.
- But the Lord also first developed faithfulness in them such as Joseph had displayed.
God’s Plan for You
Just as the thread of sovereignty continued to weave through the family of Joseph, so God loops His needle through our lives and draws us close to Him.
God’s plan for you includes the struggles you’re enduring today—as cruel as that may seem at first.
- That doesn’t mean God approves the evil that was done to you.
- It does mean God promises to use every experience of your life for your good—if you draw near to Him through Jesus Christ (Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28).
It’s important we remember in our struggles that our goal lies outside of trying to understand God’s plan. He never asks that of us. Instead, He wants to see our trust in Him, through simple daily obedience, even in a land of affliction and confusion.
Both pain and prosperity require that we bow before God in humility, trust and dependence.
Your Decision Today
Tough circumstances of life always change our minds about God. They either tempt us to doubt what He’s promised, or they draw us closer to Him in faith.
But we never stay the same.
Choose to draw closer. He promises not to fail you.
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This post is adapted from Wayne’s book, Going Places with God: A Devotional Journey Through the Lands of the Bible.
- • These 90 devotional readings, each based on a specific place in the lands of the Bible, will help you apply the truths of God’s Word to your daily journey of faith.
- • You’ll enjoy pertinent Scripture, inspirational quotes, photographs, maps, and a daily prayer.
After going places with God, you’ll never be the same.