Character counts!

Genesis 41:38 “And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

CHARACTER: I have heard it said that “you either have it or you are one!” ­čÖégod has a plan

Joseph had character and it showed. Pharaoh’s observation is remarkable in that even he, the utmost authoritative figure in ALL of Egypt, could see evidence of a godly testimony. It’s likely that Pharaoh worshipped many gods-the Egyptian nation was steeped in idolatry and false religion. Yet, there was an unseen source that revealed the One True God in Joseph’s actions and behavior.

Joseph’s life was afflicted with deception, false accusation and neglect. Many times, he could have caved in to the pressure of defeat and depression. Bitterness could have certainly been his best friend! But, God was with him. Joseph had learned to trust the promises of God and exemplified it in his character. Joseph’s words to his brothers in Genesis 50:20 sums it: “…as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”

Despite the odds that were stacked against him, the outcome would bring glory and honor to Joseph’s God. The story has a happy ending. Forgiveness, the preservation of Christ’s lineage and the sweet reunion with loved ones highlight a life surrendered to God.

How are you holding up with the daily dilemmas and drama that crowd your time and occupy your mind? Are you able to relinquish those issues to the Lord and ask for His help? Do you obey His Word, which instructs us to “Cast thy burden upon the LORD…” (Psalm 55:22). In the process of our “giving over” to God all that bothers us, we, in turn are also receiving. “…and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved,” is a promise of God’s grace and strength in times of weakness and despair. It’s a private exchange, yet the Holy Spirit is revealed…in our character. Much like Joseph’s.

God’s provisions are still readily available! He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8 says so!). We can display the Spirit of God to others and allow them to marvel at what a great God we serve!

Your Will, not mine

loveIsaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the┬áLord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

I turn often to this Bible verse; its profound message tends to wash away any residue of doubt or disappointment. Any tension I may have had regarding the unforeseen future is gradually lessened by the rock-solid truth of this passage.
Once I place my trust in God’s Wisdom and allow it to override my thoughts and my ways, I can then claim the following:

I Will……. acknowledge that God is sovereign.
I Will……. accept that He knows what is best for me.
I Will……. not fret (worry) or be anxious about the outcome of the situation.
I Will……. try to be as patient as I can.

God’s Will is something we cannot question, no matter what the circumstances may be. His thoughts and His ways may seem out of reach but He we are constantly on His mind, guiding us securely. The outcome may not be what we anticipated; however, it will be one which brings honor and glory to Him!