Lenten Devotional – Day 11 – Trust
God has plans for each life, and His plans are always to prosper us (Jeremiah 29:11) and not to harm us. What God allows in each life may not be the smooth and easy road through the journey but bumps and peaks and valleys—to strengthen and show us that He is always with us, and when we truly trust Him with our whole being, the journey will be exciting.
Joseph, the son of Jacob, experienced many bumps and peaks as he traveled through life. Joseph’s father favored him and gave him a wonderful gift, a coat of many colors which Joseph had to show to his brothers, igniting envy and jealousy. They got even with Joseph, or so they believed, by unsavory means and then lying to their father about what happened to him. God lived in Joseph’s heart and showed Joseph that continued faith and perseverance are rewarded. At 30 years of age Joseph became the “chief executive officer” for Pharaoh, the King of Egypt.
Joseph proved wise in his powerful position and had control over the food supplies, accumulating so much that many new warehouses needed building to store everything. Life was good and to this good life were born two sons, the first one named Manasseh (forget) because Joseph with God’s love was able to forget his past troubles; a second son was named Ephraim (fruitful) because “God has made me fruitful in the land of suffering” (Genesis 41:51-52). A heart of gratitude for the good of life and not a heart turned sour because of the suffering Joseph experienced—“God has plans to prosper not to harm”—a heart of gratitude.
To truly understand all that Joseph experienced before we meet him at 30 years of age, it is truly necessary to read his life story from the beginning. Unfortunately we do not have the space, but we can look into our own lives and review our experiences, the good and the bad, because none of us, even though we are the apple of God’s eye and created in His image, live the smooth and easy life, for a reason. Joseph had a heart of gratitude, not letting his past unhappy moments define his whole person.
The questions we need to explore are simple: Do I trust God completely with my life? Do I give in to my troubling times? Do I talk to God openly and honestly about how I am feeling spiritually? Do I walk with others in their troubles or avoid the painful emotions of my friends? Do I see the good and let the bad truly live in the past (forget as Joseph did)? These are tough questions to ponder but very necessary for a grateful and peace filled life in this life.