Friday, April 19, 2013


Your circumstances can change very quickly. In early Hebrew history there was a man named Joseph who had been sold into slavery by his brothers, rose into a position of leadership as a slave, was falsely accused of sexual assault and thrown into jail. He spent 13 long years in this prison (not the comfy standards of modern America) and then his entire world was remade. He was brought out to interpret the dreams of Pharaoh and was immediately promoted to be second in command in all of Egypt. In one day he went from the (literal) pit of despair to the pinnacle of success and power. In one 24 hour period his entire world was transformed.

This isn't just an incredible story of God's deliverance, but it's also a model for our preparation. Joseph may not have realized it, but he had been steadily training for that moment his entire life. He set an example for us in patience, development of character, integrity, work ethic, and devotion to God. It was all of these factors that set him up for an epic comeback fueled by God's intricate plan.

His circumstances didn't always reflect it, but God was in perfect and complete control and was waiting for right time to redeem Joseph. I feel confident that the same applies to us. God can bring us opportunity and transformation more quickly than we believe is possible. What are we doing to get ourselves ready? Are we maintaining our character and refusing to allow our integrity to be blemished? Are we blaming God for all of our current circumstances and cursing His name or do we cling to our faith in His providence and plan? Our lives can be dramatically shifted in the blink of an eye, but we need to be ready to faithfully fill our role as well.

What seems sudden to us is the perfect convergence of God's plan in our lives. We should be focused on being ready for that moment.

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