Lessons from the life of Joseph
This Sunday, 29th March 2020, we shall embark on a short series of messages, which in reflecting on the life and exploits of Joseph, observe some of the many similarities between his life and that of our Lord Jesus. These short messages are being pre-recorded and will be uploaded to the website (and distributed by CD to those within the fellowship who do not have the internet) prior to the time of that which would have been our usual Sunday morning meeting time.
Therefore, it is my hope that we shall all set aside time on the Lord’s Day to listen to them, at the same time, 10:30 am on Sunday morning. That way, although we cannot be together physically, we can all be together in the Spirit, maintaining not only our unity, but also the good habit of making time in our busy lives to set aside time not only for the Lord, but also for one another; for we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but we are to exhort one another, and so much the more as we see the Day approaching. (Heb 10:25).
However, we do not need to wait until Sunday in order to encourage one another and I am delighted in the knowledge that many within the fellowship are phoning around with loving words of encouragement and prayer. My heart felt thanks to those who have called me up and prayed with me and for me in this manner. So, before I sign off, I would like to write just a little more by way of further encouragement this day.
Although it will take a small number of weeks until we conclude our study of Joseph, nevertheless, I think that most who are well versed in the Bible account of his life, will know that despite all that befell him at the hands of his brothers, when they were eventually re-united, Joseph was very forgiving. Seeing past his own thoughts and feelings and even their deeds and motives, Joseph said to them “ But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive”.
We may not truly understand all that is going on the world at the moment, but that which we can do, is trust God. Although it is the enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy, we must never forget that it is Almighty God Who is sovereign, and God is good. God is not good because He chooses to be good, God is good because that is Who He is, it is a characteristic of His. Therefore, as a result everything that God does is good.
Moreover, because He is good and everything, He does is good, we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28).
I may not know how He, being the miracle working good does it, for His ways are higher than mine and His thoughts higher than mine also, but I do know to trust Him, that He is well able to take this difficult and uncertain time in which we are living and turn it all to good to those who love Him, to those who are the called according to His purpose. I trust Him to turn that which the devil means for evil against us, to good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive”.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh,
And strength to your bones.
May God bless you and keep you.
Yours in Him