Things aren’t always what they appear. As humans, we tend to see the worst in things, situations, and even people. We often pray for the wrong things. We rebuke mountains that was divinely placed by God, we hold on to the wrong people, pursue the wrong career, end up in the wrong places, and the list goes on.
We think we know what’s best for us more than God. We often hold on to things that God wants to take away. Only to give us something better. Sometimes God leads us down paths, we don’t want to go. Only because we can’t see the open door that lies ahead.
“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 NLT)
“The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?” (Proverbs 20:24 NLT)
Which leads me to address two different people in the Bible. Two different situations, but they share the same end result. They just couldn’t see!
I’ll address the first one, Jacob. Most of us know his story. He was a fine fellow. Other than him having a lying spirit. The Bible doesn’t say, but I imagine him being a pretty handsome guy. I mean, he had to be with two women fighting over him.
Jacob gets his payback when he is tricked into marrying tender- eyed Leah. Jacob is furious! He was also so obsessed with having beautiful Rachel the crazy man worked fourteen years for her. If you ask me, that was true love! Or maybe he needed some serious counseling. Not real sure.
Jacob viewed his situation with the blurry eyes of his heart. What seemed so unfair to Jacob ended up being his greatest blessing. You see, he hated Leah in the beginning. Scripture paints a picture of his undenying love he had for Rachel. But we find through scripture tables turn as he begins to see clearly.
Leah had a good heart. She gave him the most children. Taught him the greatest life lesson. Caused him to work harder than ever before. To my amazement, he was buried beside Leah. A sobering thought.
Rachel represented the good times. All the beautiful things we long for in life. The things that go right, and never cause us to be uncomfortable.
Leah on the other hand represents all the bad in our life. The things which bring us closer to God. She teaches us to endure and stand firm. She is what causes us to weep on our faces, and cry in agony. Leah will birth a spiritual awakening in our life. It will be those things we keep dear to our hearts when we leave this old world.
The second man is Joesph. This poor guy didn’t have a chance. He was handsome, young, talented, and everybody’s favorite. Well, except for his brothers. Like most of us, Joesph was done dirty. Betrayed by the people he loved most. They caused him nothing but heartache.
Joesph finds his life in shambles. He is taken captive to a place he never wanted to go. All of his hopes and dreams shattered because of his rotten, jealous, and lying brothers. If it had’nt been for them he’d be living the good life. Blessed and highly favored.
Joseph’s vision was blurry. What Joesph couldn’t see was God had his hand on him. God wanted to use him greater than he ever dreamed. God used the jealousy of Joseph’s brothers to catapult him into a greater dimension of anointing.
Joseph would experience many feelings of abandonment, confusion, and anger. After many years, Joesph’s eyes would be open to the fact why he had to endure so many hardships.
God had a divine plan for Joesph’s life that only Joesph could accomplish. He was placed in a God given position of authority. Second in command next to Pharoh. To save the tribes and the land from famine. Every step he made was ordained and lead by God.
“So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?”” (Genesis 41:38 NLT)
When God does something, He does it right! In such a way that everyone knows his power, and his people who walk in that power. We find Joesph now appointed. But even though he is standing on a mountain top there is a wound in his heart that still hasn’t healed.
“Joseph named his older son Manasseh, for he said, “God has made me forget all my troubles and everyone in my father’s family.” Joseph named his second son Ephraim, for he said, “God has made me fruitful in this land of my grief.”” (Genesis 41:51-52 NLT)
God wants us to be everything we can be. He doesn’t leave us half empty. I just believe God still sensed a healing needed to take place in Joesph’s life. Joesph said he forgot everyone in his father’s house. But did he really?
“Joseph could stand it no longer. There were many people in the room, and he said to his attendants, “Out, all of you!” So he was alone with his brothers when he told them who he was. Then he broke down and wept. He wept so loudly the Egyptians could hear him, and word of it quickly carried to Pharaoh’s palace.” (Genesis 45:1-2 NLT)
““Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.” (Genesis 45:4-5 NLT)
God taught this father and son a valuable lesson. He is in control of the good and the bad. We must forgive God’s teaching methods. God will use whoever and whatever to fulfill his divine will in our lives.
Sometimes it’s hurtful, and tries to cause bitterness. We tend to blame people for the troubles we face. But I believe both these men saw God had the ability to bring goodness, forgiveness, and mercy from their pain. That nothing happens by accident. Even when we can’t see God’s great big plan, He has one!
So my friends we must pray for God to redefine our eyes. That we may view our trials differently. The things that we’ve hated, and prayed away was the very things that showed us we needed a Savior.
People hurt us, to show us how to forgive. People abandon us to show us we put our trust in God, not people. We get sick so we see God as our healer. We fall into sin, then God shows He is our deliverer. Loved ones pass away, and God is our comforter. We are weak, but then He is strong.
Don’t knock the process of God. Just hold to his unsteady hand. At the appointed time, you’ll reap if you faint not! Love you all! God bless!
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28 NLT)