Week 4  Day 7

how many times have we had
      a pain and turned it into praise
      a jealousy and turned it into joy
      a defeat and turned it into a delight
      a hurt and turned it into a hallelujah
      a criticism and turned it into a correction
      an injury and turned it into an inspiration
      a rejection and turned it into a resurrection

God always sends the resources to turn things around
      to reclaim the person
      to redeem the experience
            to bring something good
            out of that which seems irredeemable
      from painful experiences
      servants of God like Joseph
            could say to his detractors
                  ". . . it was not you who sent me here,
                                 but God; . . .
                  you meant it for evil against me,
                  but God meant it for good, . . .
                  to save many people. . . "

long before saint Paul
Joseph knew
                 "that all things work together for good
                 to those who love the lord,
                 and are called according to his purpose."

our lives and our experiences can be redeemed
by the One who turns things around
                         who turns us around


                                        IT'S ALL FOR THE GOOD! 
              Joseph is convinced that God has directed his life.
                                             Genesis 45 & 46

    3Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph; does my father
still live?"  But his brothers could not answer him, for they
dismayed in his presence.  4He said to his brothers,
come near to me."  So they came near.  Then he
said: "I am
Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.  5Do not be
grieved or angry
with yourselves; for God sent me before
you to preserve life.  
6Two years the famine has been in
the land, and there are still
five years in which there will be
neither plowing nor harvesting. 
    7"God sent me to preserve a posterity for you in the earth,
and to save your lives by a great deliverance.  8So it was not
you who sent me here,but God; He has made me a father to
Pharaoh, lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the
land of Egypt."
    25Then they went up out of Egypt, and came to Canaan to
Jacob their father.  26They told him, "Joseph is still alive, and
he is governor over all the land of Egypt."   Jacob's heart stood
still, because he did not believe them.  27But when they told
him all the words Joseph had said to them, and when he saw
the carts which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of
revived.  28Then Israel said, "It is enough.  Joseph my
son is
still alive.  I will go and see him before I die."
    1So Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to
Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
2Then God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said,
"Jacob, Jacob!"  And he said, "Here I am."  3So He said, "I am
God, the God of your father; do not fear to do down to Egypt,
I will make of you a great nation there.  4 I will go down
with you
to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again."
    26All the persons who went with Jacob to Egypt, besides
Jacob's sons' wives, were sixty-six persons in all.  27And the
sons of Joseph who were born to him in Egypt were two
All the persons of the house of Jacob were seventy.
    28Then he sent Judah before him to Joseph.  They came to
the land of Goshen.  29So Joseph made ready his chariot and
went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel.  He presented
to him, and fell on his neck and wept.  30Israel said
to Joseph,
"Now let me die, since I have seen your face,
because you are
still alive."
    11Joseph situated his father and his brothers, and gave
a possession in the land of Egypt.
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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