Word 4U Today

FULFILLING WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO BE (TOUGH-TIMES GROWTH 3)

FULFILLING WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO BE (TOUGH-TIMES GROWTH 3)

 

“…My grace is sufficient for you…”                                     2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV

The story of Joseph (you know, the guy with the coat) is a classic. But what makes the story worthy of getting the Andrew Lloyd Webber treatment?

Maybe it’s because the hero doesn’t sail into his destiny without a bumpy ride along the way. Kidnapping, enforced slavery, false accusations, and prison all spring up as road-blocks in the life of the man who had been promised greatness. Circumstances went from bad to worse, then to worse still, as he rode his personal ancient-Egyptian rollercoaster.

But there was one key recurring truth: “The Lord was with Joseph.” (Genesis 39:2 NIV)

Joseph might have wanted things simple, easy, as he revelled in having his brothers bowed down to him in awe. But God had a bigger plan for Joseph in mind that focused on Joseph becoming the man that God wanted him to be: Someone capable of leading a nation.

That meant challenges were on the cards. It also meant the opportunity to experience God’s presence in a way he wouldn’t have if he just won Middle East X-Factor.

Over the thirteen years of suffering, God was growing Joseph. He was teaching Him a spiritual paradox that says it’s when you’re weak that you can fully allow God to be God. As God said to Paul,

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”

(2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT)

What now?

Prayer time. Don’t pray for tasks that match your gifting, but for gifting that match your tasks.

 

Joy Ferdiz

October 6th, 2013

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