When Joseph fell from being his father's favored son to being thrown in a cistern, then dragged off and sold as a slave, there's no mention in that entire chapter about God or any hope of being saved from his circumstances. God is doing so much more in the background of our lives, even in the desolate times, of which we are simply not aware. He is not going to let us go. We've got to begin getting a grasp on this truth.
Whenever attacking any subject matter, the bible or otherwise, there are three questions you should always ask:
What does it say?
What does it mean?
What does it mean to me?
This week's message is concentrating on the first question in the story of Joseph. We can't really answer the last two questions until we lay the foundation concerning the details of story.
Uh, that's not it. Isn't it "So heavenly minded, no earthly good"?
C.S. Lewis once stated "If you read history you will find that the Christians that did the most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the next world that they have become so ineffective in this."
Troubles in life come to all of us, and for some there are events that are so horrible that they are unbearable at times. Scripture is real and it dealt with real lives; one in particular, Joseph. We've got to start thinking differently if we're going to get through this life productively rather than remorsefully.
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