I started a new Bible study this week with some ladies at our church this week. Kay Arthur’s When the Hurt Runs Deep. It’s come at just the right time. Far enough removed from the recent events in our life and close enough that I won’t have to rehash everything as we work through the book.
The second chapter brings Joseph into the reading. Yes, the Joseph that dreamed of great things,
but instead was left for dead, no, thankfully his brothers had some slight compassion and instead he was sold into slavery, his bosses wife twisted everything up, lied to her husband and caused Joseph to be imprisoned even though he had done nothing wrong. Yes, that hit’s close to home. Thank God we weren’t imprisoned! God raised him to great position again in the jail only to be forgotten about again. That’s where the chapter ends, but not Joseph’s story. Two years later, when Pharaoh has a dream, the chief cupbearer remembers Joseph’s gift. Finally Joseph is raised up again in the Pharaoh’s court. He is in place for those dreams he had as a child to be fulfilled.
God took the long way in fulfilling Joseph’s purpose.
It seems he’s taking the long way with us too.
I am reminded of this verse:
My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:12
He has surrounded us with people that understand and support us.
He has given us a church family that lives real. Instead of living in legalism and weighing themselves down with the burden of trying to be perfect, these folks understand that perfect will never happen on this earth. They realize that God is glorified in our imperfection and they aren’t afraid to live that way.
He has blessed us with children that love the Lord and desire to serve Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.
Linking up with the gang at Five Minute Friday. This week’s word was support.