Sticks and Stones: Debbie Downer - Tuesday
Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
I have felt multiple times over the course of the last several months that I have received a “sentence of death.” Not a literal sentence of death, but I have felt the rot of despair creep into my soul. And I have asked the Lord “why?” more times than I can count. Maybe you’ve recently had a diagnosis you’d never imagined possible. Maybe you lost your job or a close relationship has failed you. Maybe you, too, have found yourself asking God, “Why?” If there is a guy in the Bible who could sympathize, it would be Joseph. Joseph got the raw end of the deal more than once. Long story short, Joseph was his father’s favorite, but that made his brothers hate him. So much so, that Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery. Shortly after, Joseph found himself the victim of a vicious rumor and ended up in prison. I imagine Joseph sitting in that cell, saying our same words, “Why, Lord?” The truth is, God doesn’t promise us an easy life, but He does promise to be with us. Look at the second half of today’s verse. “This happened that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God, who raises the dead.” There is nothing that Joseph could do to fix his own circumstances. But our great God had a plan in mind that nobody, not even Joseph, saw coming. In a strange turn of events, Joseph interprets a dream for the king; then he gets pulled out of prison and is elevated to the highest position in Egypt, second only to the king. At the end of Joseph’s story, he says these words, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.” God turned Joseph’s “sentence of death” into good, and I have to believe He can do that for me and you, too.
- What do you need be raised to life in you today? Tell the Lord! Don’t be defeated by negativity. We serve a God who raises the dead. Read Joseph’s whole story here.