Finding God Is Hard Sometimes

FINDING GOD IS HARD SOMETIMES

And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Genesis 39:20-21

            Finding evidence of God’s presence is difficult when life appears to have fallen apart. Joseph was tricked by Potiphar’s wife. Accused of rape, he had to stand before his master. The end result was imprisonment. But the writer of Genesis still said that the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love. Aren’t you asking the questions so many ask? ‘If the Lord was really with Joseph, why didn’t He spare him from prison? Why didn’t He expose the scheme of Potiphar’s wife?’ And, why does God allow bad things to happen to me?’

            The problem is that I expect to live a different life from Jesus. His birth was shadowed by a cross and so is mine. He said so. ‘You must pick up your cross and follow me.’ Was God with Jesus as He was with Joseph? Absolutely. He walked His Son through all His afflictions and stayed with Him all the way to the cross. He sent angels to minister to Him. He sent handpicked disciples to help carry the burden of His mission. But He still had to face Calvary because that was His calling.

            So how was the Lord with Joseph? Potiphar must have doubted his wife’s story because the punishment for rape was death yet Joseph was sentenced to prison instead. And he was assigned to the king’s prison, a less severe environment. Did Joseph see evidence of God’s presence? I’m confident he had to battle for his faith just as I have to battle for mine.

            I don’t care for the phrase ‘count your blessings’ because those who refuse to confront suffering on a deep level often recite it. It’s their method of denial. So let me re-phrase it. When life seems to fall apart and it would appear that God has abandoned me, there are evidences that the Lord is with me. I must ask God to help me see them. If I remember that I have taken up a cross to follow Jesus, then I won’t expect God to prevent hardship. I will know that what appears to be a senseless tragedy is simply a means to glory being revealed. My life and Jesus’ life mirror each other. Because the cross was a means to His glorification, I can rest in the assurance that darkness will never have the last word in my life either.

In every valley, You are with me and are blessing me with gifts of grace. Open my eyes to find them all. Amen

 

2 thoughts on “Finding God Is Hard Sometimes

  1. As i go through my life, i personally find myself in some season that truly taxed my faith, my emotions and yet down deep inside if all else goes crazy, I have what i need. Jesus. Yes once again this is a season of some major challenges in our families health issues…My brother has had major life scare. My own son now has some medical issues. I emotionally hurt for both of them. My son has Christ, my most loved brother does not. Blessing is only through the grid of Gods revelation as we go through this period right now.Its only HIM who can remove my own fear and anxiety as HE uses everything in our lives to draw us closer to HIM. I do believe its the next step up in all our lives. My son will grow from this.

    I think of the smallness of my own challenges compare to the prophets of old.. I marvel as to their own journey with Jesus.. The testimony of their lives and how they were call to suffer, brings all things in perspective in my own heart…

  2. As I was asking God this morning- ” Lord remind me that your Grace is enough, your Grace will and is carrying me through this most difficult season” – I then read this and am continually blessed how our God uses this ministry to touch my life, my walk, my doubts, my blind spots. If I am saved by Grace, why does it at times seem so impossible to live by and in -that same Grace? Thank You Christine for your continued trust in our God to speak and share His truth that whispers to my soul, and encourages me to hold on to and take courage in the Truth. I think I need to accept what is, allow God to do His work in all situations, my job is to let go and believe that His Grace is unending its never used up, He doesn’t say, Loretta sorry no more grace for you!

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