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Topic: The Short End of the Stick (02/20/14)
TITLE: Above The Bus
By Richard Hicks
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Jacob, his father made an elaborately embroidered coat especially for this young man. He was a special son in the heart of his father. God granted Joseph the gift to interpret dreams.
Joseph told his family about a dream he had, that they would bow down to him. That appalled his brothers with jealousy and even more hatred. They plotted to kill him, and treated Joseph with disrespect and did not even talk to him. Eventually they threw him in a dry pit used for water, but ultimately they did not have the heart to kill Joseph. Instead, they sold him as a slave to the Ishmaelites who just happened to be passing by. The brothers shredded up his coat and dipped it in animal’s blood and took it to their father. Jacob thought Joseph was killed by a wild animal. He mourned for a long time over the loss of his son.
Potiphar an Egyptian brought Joseph from his brothers as a slave. The blessing of God was upon his home as a result. But Joseph was accused of a crime he did not commit, sleeping with Potiphar’s wife.
God always has the perfect plan even if it does not seem that way. He gave Joseph favor in everything he put his hand to do, plus the ability to interpret dreams. That got him out of prison, and ultimately He reigned as governor of the country of Egypt.
Because of the severe famine in the land Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to get food. They were unaware that the whole world was coming to Joseph to buy emergency supplies. When they got there, they did not recognize him, for Joseph attempted to hide his identity from them. He tried to be harsh, but His heart of compassion took over, and he finally revealed himself to his brothers and embraced them. Ultimately he saved his whole family.
Just like Joseph, I've been in situations where it felt like bad luck ran its course, and that my life seemed hopeless. I faced the uncertainty of being a human being in a cruel world. I turned my perspective around so God could help me see things from His level, when I gave my heart to Jesus Christ. Difficult as it may have been at times since then, I built myself up in the Word of God and stayed positive when life thrown me those “curve balls.” Just because I've had a crappy day doesn't mean I should throw in the towel. I stand firm against dark forces bringing me down to the gutter. Against all the odds stacked up against me, God’s grace has outmatched and outnumbered all my defeats and triumphed in sweet victory!
How many of us can relate to what Joseph went through? Life has thrown us under the bus. We are hurt, lost, abandoned, and abused. Sometimes we, like Joseph, have been mistreated by our own relatives. The good news is that our Father in Heaven does not think of any of us as a lost cause. He hasn't given up on anyone, for God desires for us all to come to him. He designed divine plans for us just like he did with Joseph, even though at times it didn't seem so.
God sees each disaster as an opportunity to strengthen us into who He has destined us to be. We are winners in the race by His glorious grace; because of the spotless blood of Jesus Christ. One day there will be no more pain, crying or sorrow, and that day will be awesome. But until then we will just have to hold on to God’s hand.
Father, I thank You for times that people treat me like a misfit. These incidents are sometimes designed and disguised as teaching tools to help me grow up as a mature person. Even as far as being abused by members of my own family; for that kind of treatment can be used as an opportunity to rise above the tide. Help me not to have that short end of the stick mentality, but to be more like You King Jesus, as You sit at the right hand of the Fathers throne. Amen.
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