This post is submitted by Kyla:
Genesis Chapter 50 Paraphrase: And when Jacob, also called Israel was buried, Joseph’s brothers who had thrown him in a pit and sold him into slavery in his youth in order to rid themselves of him, feared for their livelihood. They feared that Joseph held a grudge against them and would repay them for their wrongs now that their father was no longer with them. They presented themselves to Joseph saying, “we are your slaves”.
Verse 19: “But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid, I will provide for you and your children’. And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” NIV
As I read this chapter this morning, I realized that life is very much, all about places and positions. By all accounts, the actions of Joseph’s brothers were driven by their discontentment with their position in the family, their jealousy of Joseph, and quite frankly their perspective on Joseph’s dream and their father’s love, all of which led to an accumulation of lie’s, pain, and competitive drive. Growing up we learn both the “art” and the fun of competition, along with how to assert the power we’re afforded within the positions we hold. Whether, in athletics, academics, or sibling rivalries…we learn to compete for the power of position. As we grow older the field of competition escalates to broader landscapes such as, the workplace, social status, and even Churchingdom, all bringing yet another set of rules and races.
Yet, as I sit here in my vehicle surrounded by the beauty of glistening snow, slush, and ice, almost 3000 miles from home, I am thinking about the rising demands of being me, not just any me, but the BEST me I can be in this season of my life; the revelation of Himself that the Lord has brought to my remembrance through this highlight of the journey of Joseph is astounding. It has instantly, taken my focus from the “me” I see in the mirror to the He that is in my heart, Reigning over my life, and ordering my steps.
I once heard it said that we can live life at our field of vision or from the Lord’s, as believers, as HIS Children, we have access to knowing and seeing His perspective…Mountaintop or molehill.
How we value His perspective, affect’s our ability to live victoriously, love others, love ourselves, receive peace, and trust Him. Truth is our human nature leads us to pursue what we value, and the perspective’s we hold on to (HIS or ours) will yield the equipment we use to respond to life’s constant bombardments of competitiveness, be it with outside influences or in and of ourselves. Joseph was given the Lord’s perspective ahead of his journey, He valued it, He trusted, He loved the Lord.
Here’s a Key: No matter who you are, what you are, what you did, how you did it, what you didn’t do, what they did to you, what you said, what they said, what has happened, what hasn’t happened yet, what you have, what you don’t have, where you are, where you aren’t…
Romans 8:28– “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose”. NIV
YOU TOO ARE IN THE PLACE OF GOD!
This should free us from the retrospect’s
This should free us from our holding others in contempt
This should free us from the frustration of getting it all done in perfection
This should bring us JOY!