Romans 8:28 (NLT)
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
This scripture always reminds me of Joseph. Genesis 37:18-36 tells us that Joseph’s brothers envied him so much that they sold him into slavery to get rid of him. Imagine how it would feel to be betrayed by your own family. Or maybe you do know how it feels. Joseph was taken away from the things he knew and brought to a strange new territory. I wonder if Joseph questioned whether this would affect God’s plan for his life. After all, this certainly wasn't what he dreamed of. Maybe he cried out to God in prayer. Maybe he felt confused. And maybe you can relate.
This isn’t how the story ends though. Genesis 39:21 tells us the Lord stayed with Joseph and showed him his faithful love. He quickly gained favor with the prison guards and eventually gained favor with Pharaoh, becoming powerful and wealthy in this new land. What was a horrible moment for Joseph, God used for good when a famine came and Joseph rescued the Israelites from starvation. He even moved them to Egypt to be with him. The story is worth a read if you haven't done so yet.
My encouragement to you today is in the thick of these rough moments in life, hang in there. Keep trusting in Him. God is always with you even when you cannot see it. He is weaving all of your moments in life together for your good. Even the horrible moments you can’t see past right now. No matter what the situation is, it's not too much for the Almighty God.
Remember our number one job is to love God with all of our hearts. When this is at the center of our focus and our minds, we can let go of our worries. If God is for us, then who can be against us? Nothing could ever be strong enough to change the plans God has in store. The pressure is off when things don't go the way we envision. God has His own plans in store that are much bigger than our own, maybe bigger than we can see or understand. Give your situation to God today and let Him work a miracle out of it.
Matthew 22:37-38 (NLT)
37 Jesus replied, “’You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.”