March 10, 2019

THE END OF AN ERA

Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father’s family. He lived a hundred and ten years and saw the third generation of Ephraim’s children. Also the children of Makir son of Manasseh were placed at birth on Joseph’s knees. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”  And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.”  So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt. (Genesis 50:22-26).

What a wonderful way to serve God. There is always a reward for those who can wait on Him, those who will say “Yes, LORD” to whatever He says. If we can learn from these stories, their journey from the time they were introduced to us, and all their trials and temptations, their struggles and their sufferings, and then the glory of God radiating through them all the way, we can then follow God the way they did so that we too can have a glorious ending. Joseph was seventeen years old when he started his own ministerial journey and when he was thirty years old, he assumed the highest pinnacle of power in Egypt. This means he weathered the storm of his life for 13 years. These 13 years were years of training, testing, pruning, so that on coming out he could shine like Gold. That was what happened to Joseph. To him, things were not easy, and the 13 years might even seemed like 31 years of torture, away from home, away from those he loved. To God 13 years are just like 13 seconds, because 1000 years to Him is like a day, He is TIME in Himself. Therefore those who have the understanding of Who God is, should learn to wait for His appropriate timing. The Bible says, “In His TIME, He makes all things beautiful.” Because Joseph was able to go through the training of hardship and suffering, he was able to learn how to forgive those that sinned against him, and also learn how to meet the needs of others, and love every one as they were. This is a lesson for us too whenever we are going through some challenges, instead of complaining, let us draw strength from the attitude of Joseph, and continue to wait on the LORD JOYFULLY until He finishes His work in us. Psalm 30:5 says “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life, Weeping may endure for a night, But JOY comes in the morning.”  God knows our composition, and what he needs to do to break us down and how long it will take to remold us to what He wants us to be. Somebody told me once that Adam and Eve fell in such a way that they had to be sent out of the garden of Eden because they did not go through any training, they were made as adults. Now God created us as babies, and we started to learn from that stage until we became adults, and as we learn we make mistakes and we get corrected and the cycle repeats itself until we get it.

Isaiah 40:31 says “But those who wait on the LORD, Shall renew their strength, They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” If you are at a Red Light, and you are waiting for it to turn to Green, you have to continuously be looking at this light otherwise you will not know when it turns Green. The same analogy applies to us waiting on the LORD, either to receive answers to your prayers, or waiting for a change of status, or for His return, whichever your own situation is, you need to place your eyes on Him all the time, so as not to miss His timing. The question now is “How Do I place my eyes on Him?” The analogy of a waiter in a restaurant is the way we should go about it. The waiter or waitress serve the customers by providing whatever they need, while they are serving them, they come back constantly to check on them to know if everything is okay. In the same way, we are servants of God, we need to serve God whether it is convenient or not, responding to all His leadings, running away from sin, and living to please Him. In conclusion, Micah 6:6 says “He has shown you, O man, what is good, And what does the LORD require of you, But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” See the manifestation of the power of God in the life of Joseph everywhere he went. He served in Potiphar’s house, he served in the Prison and he served in the Palace of Pharaoh as Governor. Brothers and sisters, let us serve the LORD with JOY not with grumbling, and ask for His strength daily so as not to get tired or grow weary while we wait for His promises. God is faithful and all our prayers will be answered in Jesus Name, Amen. Be blessed!!!

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