No Mistaking It-1 - Thursday August 04, 2011
...Do not be distressed and...angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. Genesis 45:5 NIV
A few years back I undertook painting the trim on the outside of our house. All was going well until I mistakenly perched the half-full bucket of paint on top of the ladder and then forgot to remove it when I repositioned the ladder. Within seconds I was dripping with paint from head to toe, and for the following hour my husband carefully rinsed and cleaned my hair with paint thinner! It was certainly one mistake that I never wanted to repeat!
Mistakes. We regret them, learn from them, and most often avoid repeating them. But amazingly, God often overrides and even uses our mistakes, or the mistakes of others, to accomplish His greater purposes. Take, for example, the life of Joseph.
The account of Joseph in Genesis 37-50 is full of mistakes. From his father's partiality that fueled jealousy among his brothers and in turn led to the sale of Joseph as a slave, to the bogus imprisonment of Joseph, followed by the forgetfulness of a released inmate, Joseph seemingly was at the mercy of other people's bad choices.
Yet God was not to be outdone. Just as the situation looked hopeless, the prison door was opened, and Joseph not only emerged a free man, but was promoted to ruler of the country. Now that is an amazing God-story!
We can take heart from this account. Whether we are suffering from our own mistakes or others' forced upon us, God is fully capable of working out even the bleakest situation for His glory and our good. Our God reigns!
Stonebrook Community Church
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2 Chronicles 35:1-36:23
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