Psalm 105:16-19, “16 Moreover He called for a famine in the land; He destroyed all the provision of bread. 17 He sent a man before them Joseph who was sold as a slave. 18 They hurt his feet with fetters, He was laid in irons. 19 Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the LORD tested him.”
Anything God ordains, He ordains it to work for His own purpose. This is why we should never cease to pray, “Lord, what is thy will in this or that?” We sometimes become selfish in our prayers that we only pray about things that are temporal rather than things that matters the most. Everything in our lives ought to serve to advance His kingdom rather than ours. Therefore to be in God’s will is to understand that all works for His purpose regardless of how things are turning.
In reading Genesis 37, we see Joseph dreams shattered when first his brother’s wanted to kill him but then changed their minds and threw him in a pit only to sell him later. God’s sovereign and providential hand was upon Joseph. He directed all plans whether good or bad. That everything about this young man was going to serve His purpose.
He sent a man before them (his family), even Joseph. He was the advance guard and pioneer for the whole clan. His brothers sold him, but God sent him. Where the hand of the wicked is visible, God’s hand may be invisibly at work, overruling their malice. Consider him sold into Egypt, not without the determinate counsel of God, who preordained this to good; “God did send me before you to preserve life, …”, Genesis 45:5. There was a great famine preordained by God, but God prepped 17 year old Joseph to preserve and deliverer His people as the Israelite seed. He only understood his mission when he met his brothers.
God blessed others because of him, gave him dreams and revelation for others but not for himself and his situation. Regardless of what he did not get, you see a trail of trust in his God in every situation, perhaps reflecting on the life of his great grandfather Abraham known as the father of faith Vs. 19. “Until the time that his word came to pass, …”. God has his times, and his children must wait “until” it is fulfilled. Joseph was tried as in a furnace, until the Lord’s assaying work was fully accomplished. He believed the promise, but his faith was sorely exercised. A delayed blessing tests men, and proves their metal, whether their faith is of that precious kind which can endure the fire. “…The word of the LORD tested him. The testing word that strengthens is also the delivering word that keeps. There is a trying word and a delivering word, and we must bear the one till the other comes to us. How meekly Joseph endured his afflictions, and with what fortitude he looked forward to the clearing of his slandered character we may readily imagine. It will be better still if under similar trials we are able to imitate him, and come forth from the furnace as thoroughly purified as he was, and as well prepared to bear the yet harder ordeal of honor and power. The word tested his character in readiness for his position. “Charisma can put anyone on top, its only character that will keep him on top”. Those who are tested by the fire of word often maintain character for faithfulness been found in them.
It is one thing to go through something and know when and how you will come through it. It is another thing to hold on to what you know to be the truth because you know it is serving God’s purpose either in your life or others even when you do not know the outcome or what you will have to go through to keep you there. What are you trusting God for today? Is your prayer more of, “God let everything that you ordain in my life either good or bad (in my eyes) work for your own purpose? Trusting not to sabotage Your process because I want things my way. Give me understanding to see the big picture which shows it’s not about me but You for Your glory” Blessings Ev