This is the 3rd installment in the 4-part series on Second Chances. Weíve been looking at the times the Bible uses the phrase "a second time" and weíve been learning more about how God gives each of us numerous opportunities to do His will and experience the joyful life He offers.

It is so good to be reminded that our past failures are not final and our pain need not be fatal. Itís good to know that our Creator is willing to work with us, to be patient and understanding with us, to give us many opportunities to learn and grow. He doesnít cast us away when we fail. He doesnít turn His back on us.

Our second chance account for today comes from the story of Joseph and his brothers.

Acts 7:13 (NLT) THE SECOND TIME they went, Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers, and they were introduced to Pharaoh.

Drought and famine lingered on and on, so Josephís brothers were forced to return to Egypt a second time. The first time they went to Egypt for food they didnít recognize their brother Joseph whom they had sold as a slave years earlier. The providence of God had landed Joseph in the position of being in charge of the very supply distribution program that his brothers sought.

You shouldnít be able to think of the story of Joseph without standing in awe of Godís ability to pre-arrange circumstances to accomplish His will and let us share in His joy!

There are two very big things you ought to think of every time you consider the story of Joseph and his brothers: 1) you are loved; and 2) there is hope!

God knows what you will need tomorrow and the day after that, next year and the year after that. And Iím talking about the needs you have that are non-material as well as material. Heís already made plans to see to it that all of your needs are met! Every problem, every adverse circumstance, He already has a plan for you to work it out. Why? Because of His great love for you!

Think about the biblical examples of how Godís providence ruled the day. Mosesí mamma didnít put him in a basket in the bulrushes of the Nile River by accident. God knew that Pharaohís daughter would be coming along at just the right time! He didnít ask Abraham to offer up Isaac without already having planned for a ram to be stuck in the bushes for the sacrifice. God instructed Noah to build an ark long before it ever rained so that he would have a ship in which to save his family. There are no surprises with God! He knows the pressures youíll face long before you ever get there. And He also has the answers!

The story of Jacobís boys that we consider today is also a story of Godís providence. And it is a story that teaches us HOW God is always working things out. The story of Joseph teaches us how God transforms pain by perseverance, how He transforms hurt into hope, and sorrow into success.

Today we want to learn about HOW God will make a way. When you face those seemingly unanswerable questions in life, when you come to those supposedly
Belinda Gomez
December 1, 2006
God made a way by allowing me to read this sermon. It was just what I needed to affirm what I am living. I can confirm that God works in just these ways because I am currently seeing it in my own life. Thank you for delineating these points in such a way that reiterates God's love for me and for all of us.