This devotional was inspired from a book I recently purchased ‘Great Days with the Great Lives’ by Charles Swindoll.
By looking at the life of Joseph, I found myself saying more than once, ‘Are you serious?’ (Check out Gen. 37-50 for details) Joseph was a dreamer. He shared the visions God had given him with his family, and his family began to despise him. Are you serious? He was hated for his dream? His brothers were jealous of him and the favor Joseph had with their father and plotted to kill him. They sold him into slavery and told their father an animal killed Joseph. Are you serious? As a slave, Joseph prospered because the hand of God was on his life. He was elevated to second in command. Are you serious? How do you become the ‘Head Slave In Charge’? I didn’t know that position existed! Next we see that his master’s wife tried to sleep with him. She threw herself at him, but Joseph ran and left his coat. She framed him and had him thrown into prison. Are you serious? He ran from this situation and was still punished! You’ve got to be kidding! Seriously?
Of course that’s not all of Joseph’s life, but I think you get the point. Things were happening to Joseph left and right. Good and bad. I found myself saying ‘God, are you serious right now?’ I felt like this kid didn’t do anything to anyone to deserve the treatment he got. But I also had the privilege of reading the end of the story. God had to take Joseph through all of these things in order to make him into the humble leader he was destined to be. Sometimes we have to be broken and brought to our lowest point, so that God can be the only one to get the glory out of our situation.
You maybe going through something in your life right now, and you find yourself asking God, ‘Are you serious?’ Just remember James 1:2-4 (NIV) ‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.‘ Even though you maybe wondering if God is really serious right now, hang in there. Be faithful to Him and know that He will bring you out better than before.
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