Summary: Sometimes life puts you in hard places, and you hurt and you cry: but never forget that God is worthy of your praise (Even if all you have is an Ugly Praise) give it to God, and watch what he does.
Gen 37:18-19 Jer 38:12
When we read the story of Joseph there are some things that cannot be denied, because the scripture makes it clear that:
*Joseph was chosen by God * Joseph was anointed by God *Joseph had a destiny given by God
* Joseph was favored by God * Joseph was favored by his earthly father * God was with Joseph
That sounds like a winning combination, judging from that criteria it would look like Joseph had it made, it would seem as though he was living the life of riley (You would expect to find his book under lifestyles of the rich and famous by Joseph)
But when we read the bible we find out that this same Joseph who had everything going for him, who was anointed by God, who was favored by his earthly father and had so many great advantages;
One day found himself in a pit
I want to stop here for just a minute and tell you; If somebody told you when you became a Christian that all your problems would be over, and that you would never be hurt again, you would never cry again, you would never suffer again……… (They Lied)
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all… Ps 34:19
The point I’m trying to make is that Christians have problems too
*Christians get sick * Christians get in debt * Christians get divorced * Christians get their hearts broken *Christians get in places they shouldn’t be.
Sometimes you fall in, sometimes you jump in, and sometimes you’re pushed in.
But regardless of how you got there or why you’re there, a Pit is a Pit and if you stay there you will die.
Dreams die in the pit, ministries die in the pit, gifts, callings, marriages, die in the pit) Rueben was responsible for Josephs pit.
It was Rueben that suggested they throw Joseph in the pit. We don’t know what happened but whatever it was; we know this (Rueben was there when Joseph was thrown into the pit, but he was not there when he was lifted out)
The point is: Rueben was surprised, Rueben was shocked, because he saw him go into the pit, he saw him struggling and begging to be delivered from the pit (but now he’s looking into that same pit expecting to see pitiful Joseph full of fear and confusion stressing and crying and begging to be delivered (but Joseph wasn’t there)
I’m going to prophesy to somebody listening to me right now (God is getting ready to do something that is going to blow some people away).
There are some people who saw you in the pit, there are some people that even helped put you in the pit, and they have watched you struggling, and pushing, and scratching and clawing trying to climb your way out, when they left you were in the pit, the last time they saw you (you were in the pit) you were a mess.
But I came to prophesy to you right now that you are coming out of the pit, ( I’m not just preaching, I’m prophesying, I am declaring to you with prophetic unction and authority that you are coming out.
I wish somebody would prophesy: I’m coming out
I don’t know what that pit is for you today:
It may be a pit of debt
It may be a pit of sickness
It may be a pit of bondage, or addiction
It may be a pit of despair, depression
It may be a pit of marriage problems that looks so deep and so dark and impossible that you feel like giving up
It may be a spiritual pit and you just don’t feel God like you used to, and you’re dry and discouraged.
I don’t know what your pit is: They come in all different shapes and sizes.
I don’t know what that pit is for you: But I want you to look at your neighbor and prophesy to them and tell them (I’ve spent my last night in the pit)
Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning…….. Ps 30:5
Rueben came back to the pit where he last saw Joseph, and Joseph wasn’t there.
There are some people that thought they knew you pretty good; They thought they knew where to look for you.
They even talked about your pitiful condition to other people
But that was yesterday
Yesterday I was in the pit
Yesterday it looked like I was going to die in the pit
Yesterday I felt like I was going to die in the pit
But I heard a word:
I heard Joseph say: Don’t die in the Pit
I heard Joseph say: The fall doesn’t have to be fatal