“For God sent me before you to preserve life.” Genesis 45:5b
At times, it may be difficult to accept and trust that God is weaving a plan for your life to prosper you and bring you to an expectant end. When we get to the nuts and bolts of it, most of our difficulty comes from our lack of understanding and acceptance of God’s ways.
Isaiah 61:3 tells us “He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for His own glory.”
We don’t like this but even in the natural, some things must die in order that new life can spring forth. Not everything that comes to you is there to stay. Some things flow to you and then through you.
It’s a process and things that happen in process are not always permanent. Not only is God processing each of us but He is also positioning us. And He doesn’t just position you once but many times over the course of your earthly life.
When we misunderstand, refuse to accept, or wallow in our losses, we can lose sight of the bigger picture.
There may have been times that some of us would have jumped out of place and wiggled away from God’s will because we were so focused on our pain that we could not discern that God had placed us there. Thank God, He redeems the time.
Joseph’s testimony is a powerful one. In his life, there was much opportunity for him to be bitter, angry, and negative. But you see, Joseph always, in spite of the circumstances, knew that he was special.
His name means “the Lord will add” or “increase.” Joseph understood that he had significance in the earth. But isn’t it something how satanic forces will strive to place you in a position so opposite of your destiny?
We must learn the ways of the enemy so that we know how to fight back! Joseph had much taken away from him but he knew what God said. He knew that he had been blessed and favored.
When God had accomplished His will, Joseph flourished in the driest (literally) of circumstances as well as played a major role in helping others. In Genesis 45, He has a revelation that we all should embrace: BECAUSE I WENT THROUGH THAT, I CAN PRESERVE YOU.
Friends, there are no wasted experiences in God. No. Not. One! Declare this to yourself over and over again if you have to. God fashions your life not just for you but for you to pave the way of preservation for others. Quite simply, get over yourself! His promises are sure and He knows what He’s called you to. Flourish right where you stand and watch God perform miracles in your midst.
There is someone waiting for the revelation, wisdom, and grace that you have received through the circumstances of your life. Contrary to popular belief, experience is not the best teacher, observation is.
When we allow others whom God has drawn close to us to observe His hand at work in our lives, we also give them the tools to fight their own battles. It really is a privilege and great responsibility to help preserve someone else. We can’t do that if we choose, yes choose, to die in the pit or the prison.
It’s always more than just our personal story. God would have never given Joseph the insight nor the position if he had withered because of his circumstances. He allowed the circumstances to refine him and therefore, he was able to extend great grace and wisdom to others.
What are you doing with your season?
“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” –Wayne Dyer
Taia Crews is a self-published author and administrator. Her first book, "Uncommon: Pursuing Purity Beyond the Culture," is about the spiritual and practical aspects of purity. With a heart for ministry, Taia worked as a Christian radio host for eight years where she produced a daily youth show. She currently serves adolescents in healthcare and is pursuing an advanced degree in public health.