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Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Great Exchange

If I know human nature at all, then I am sure some, if not all of you, reading this today have dealt with or are currently dealing with some form of hurt, betrayal or rejection that you may have never spoken to another human being.

Good chances are the pain is from someone very close to you. It is true that the ones we love the most can hurt us the worst.

Most every young sibling adores, admires, respects and looks up to their older brothers and sisters. They want to be like them. They want to fit in with them and their friends. But how crushing it is when they push them side, ignore them or call them names, not just in private, but in public as well. How it has to hurt and crush their little spirits.

But imagine, if you will, your older brothers hating you so much that they actually sell you into slavery, tell your father you are dead, not even caring what would become of you. Your future becomes worse then you could even think possible enduring humiliating ordeals and many years of false imprisonment and hardships all because of the actions of the ones you love the most.

Wow, I am sure we cannot completely comprehend how we would truly feel or respond to pain that deep.

We read in Genesis that Joseph had the perfect opportunity to “get back” at his brothers for these very actions. To cause them pain just as they had caused him pain. And who would blame him?

Genesis 45:4-5 (NKJV) And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said, “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.”

Joseph, who amazingly still loved his brothers deeply, allowed God to exchange all his moments of pain and difficulty for moments filled with a greater purpose then his own trials. Again, wow!

When we study the life of Joseph it will allow us to see our own situations and hardships very differently. In every area of your life where the enemy is wreaking havoc, God wants to use it for His purpose and turn it for your good just like He did for Joseph. (Genesis 50:20)

Think of your very own pain today and know that God can accomplish great miracles in the midst of your worst trials. I do not know about you but that gives me peace and hope to know that my pain, my hurt and my every tear is not in vain.

God will take everything Satan is using to destroy our lives and turn it for our good. That’s why I love Him so.

Give it all to Him today and let Him exchange today’s hurts for tomorrow’s miracles. He is more than able! As a matter of fact, He is the only one who is able!

I am so glad I know Him, aren’t you?

Exchanging my pain for His purpose,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The lesson from Joseph is very precious. Its hard for us as we are going thru difficult times or have been hurt to see clearly God's plan. If we will just keep reminding ourselves of God's love and not try to avenge ourselves, God will fight our battles and WE WILL come out on top. I'm living proof of that!! Thank God!!