If you know the story of Joseph in the Bible you know that it reveals something mind-bending about God. If you don't know the story - allow me to give you a 15 second snapshot.
Jospeh had some brothers. They were jealous of Jospeh so they sold him into slavery and told their dad that he was killed by a wild animal. Jospeh ends up going through years of different positions and situations; from slave to an Egyptian master to overseer of the people, from being thrown into prison unjustly, to rising up to second in command over Egypt. He ended up helping Pharaoh manage through the famine which ended up helping save his family (God's people, the seed of the Jewish people).
It was a wild and twisted ride that seemed to be marked by one definitive line in the Scriptures - it was a golden thread interwoven throughout the trials and triumphs of this story - "The Lord was with Jospeh".
One of my favorite scenes of the story is when Joseph reveals himself to his brothers. It's too good to paraphrase so allow me to quote his words exactly...
"And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God."
OH. MY. !!!
"So it was not you who sent me here, but God"
Come one somebody...
If that doesn't just blow your sockets and crush the box you put God in.
God is the one writing the story of this world.
He is the author, the shaper of our narratives.
Though there are a thousand implications that come with this, here are but a few to encourage you to see things differently...
- What you might see as a setback, might be used as a set-up by God for something that will bless others and glorify His name even more!
- Circumstances that cause pain are not exempt from God's good plan. In fact, they might be the very things He orchestrates to bring about greater good.
- Even our ignorant and maybe intentional sins against others might be used by God to further His Kingdom!
The God who orchestrated the selling of Joseph into slavery in order to position him as second in charge of Egypt so that His own people would be saved - that God is the God who is also over your daily, maybe mundane, maybe even spinning-out-of-control life!
He is sovereign.
He is the author of life.
He writes the chapters.
Do not presume that evil has won or life is vain based on the visible absence of God in your season or circumstance. Do not box God in like that. Just because you can't put your finger on what He is doing does not mean that He is not working.
Paul says in Ephesians 1:11 that God is accomplishing ALL THINGS according to the purpose of His plan!
You can trust Him!
You can rest in Him!
You should praise Him!
He is worthy!