Summary: Introduction to a series based on the life of Joseph learning what it means to Trust God in all the events of life.
TRUSTING GOD … IN ALL OF LIFE
"After burying Jacob, Joseph returned to Egypt with his brothers and all who had accompanied him to his father’s burial. But now that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers became fearful. “Now Joseph will show his anger and pay us back for all the wrong we did to him,” they said. So they sent this message to Joseph: “Before your father died, he instructed us to say to you: ‘Please forgive your brothers for the great wrong they did to you—for their sin in treating you so cruelly.’ So we, the servants of the God of your father, beg you to forgive our sin.” When Joseph received the message, he broke down and wept. Then his brothers came and threw themselves down before Joseph. “Look, we are your slaves!” they said. But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.” So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them." (Genesis 50:14-21, NLT)
In Charles Schultz’s carton strip ‘Peanuts’ Lucy says to Charlie Brown, “Sometimes I get discouraged”. Charlie philosophically responds “Well Lucy, life does have its ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ you know…” Lucy objects “But why? Why should it? Why can’t my life be all ‘ups’? If I want all ‘ups’, why can’t I have them? Why can’t I move from one ‘up’ to another ‘up’? Why can’t I just go from an ‘up’ to an ‘upper up’? I don’t want any ‘downs’! I want ‘ups’ and ‘ups’ and ‘ups’!”
Like Lucy sometimes we wish that life only consisted of good things. However the reality of life is that there are difficulties, ranging from minor disappointments to major life changing tragedies. This often leaves us saying … why? Where is God in all this? If we truly believe that God is working all things for our good, then one of the great challenges is trusting God when the hard and painful experiences of life come crashing in on us. It is easy to trust God when the sun is shining and all is going according to plan. It is another matter trusting God when the storm clouds rage about us.
The Bible is filled with biographies and narratives about real life men and women who faced real life problems. The amazing thing is that these characters are presented warts and all. There is no attempt to present these real life heroes without flaws. Indeed often these flaws are highlight. For it is through facing, sometimes failing, that these characters can teach us valuable lessons on trusting God as we face and overcome the difficult circumstances of life. DL Moody put it this way …