Have you ever been in a situation where you felt that if it wasn’t for a person, or if it wasn’t for a specific circumstance, you would be better off, or further along in life? Being on the radio night after night gives me an interesting vantage point, it allows people from all walks of life, people from different backgrounds and people from different age groups to call in and share what has been going on in their lives. The reason it’s interesting is because over time I get to see patterns, it turns out that there are a few things that people from all walks of life go through. One of those things is what I mentioned earlier. This feeling of, if it wasn’t for a specific person doing something to them, if it wasn’t for a boss who mistreated them or didn’t recognize their potential then they would be better off or further along in life.
There was this guy named Joseph, if you have a Bible you can find his story starting in Genesis 37. Long story short, he experienced some really difficult times. His brothers hated him and actually set out to kill him. If that wasn’t bad enough, they decided to make some money off of him instead and sell him into slavery. Not only that, he was sold as a slave to a foreign people with foreign customs. Not only that, but his brothers convinced his father that he was killed, so Joseph didn’t even have the hope that his father would be searching for him. However in Genesis chapter 39 I found something interesting that goes contrary to how a lot of us think. Genesis 39:2 “The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master.”
Joseph succeeded in everything he did, and the Lord was with him. His brothers hated him, wanted to kill him, sold him as a slave. Imagine if that happened to you, we can all agree that that is a terrible situation and circumstance to be going through. I doubt the majority of us would ever go through something as terrible. But God was still right there in the midst of it all, helping Joseph succeed and prosper in his situation regardless of how terrible it was. Why do you think that was? I think it’s because our circumstances have nothing to do with God’s faithfulness. Let me encourage you, everything around you does NOT need to look or be perfect for you to experience a rich life full of God’s favour and blessing. The Bible says that He will never leave you or forsake you. Never means, never. If life is going great He’ll be there, if not, He’ll still be there to help you. I don’t know who did what to you, I don’t know what was said or what is happening in your situation right now, but you can thrive right here right now, not because of the situations around you, but because of who, as a Christian, lives inside of you.