For Such A Time As This

Maximizing everyday moments to glorify God

In the mess

on May 5, 2014

“But while Joseph was there in prison, the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.” Genesis 39: 20b-21 (NIV)

Sometimes, life is just plain messy. The attacks come from all directions, leaving us feeling alone, shaken and sometimes we question where God is in the mess.

Recently, multiple events have made my life feel very messy. Uncomfortable situations and ugliness in relationships have left me feeling battered. It’s those times when we have choices to consider. Retreat into a corner feeling sorry for yourself, lash out in anger, or cling to God.

What we may not realize, or remember in the moment, is that those times are purposed to get us off our game, so to speak. The enemy is prowling around, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). If we are not on guard, ready to defend and hold tightly to the Lord, we are in big trouble. This is exactly the enemy’s plan. If he can get us off track, he wins. Instead, those situations, though uncomfortable and painful, are opportunities for us to partner with God in His plans, not ours.

We aren’t privileged to see the bigger picture. Our job isn’t to figure it out and come up with the solution on our own. Our job is to maintain our integrity, live as a person saved by grace, and let God do the rest.

I hadn’t thought about Joseph’s story lately. I came across this verse in my email and it struck a chord in my heart. There’s a good chance that had he seen what was coming down the road, Joseph would have preferred another route. Sold into slavery, thrown into prison, and falsely accused were all parts of his story. Parts that were quite messy and easily could have shaken his faith. But, through the years of trial and tribulation, Joseph remained a man of integrity. He stayed true to his faith in the one true God, living a life that served as an example to those around him.

We can learn a lot from Joseph. When life is messy and we find ourselves in those situations that are challenging and faith-shaking, we ought to lean in closer to God. He’s there in the middle of it with us. And, who knows? He very likely is orchestrating something incredible on the other side of the mess.

Will you join him?

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