On Monday, September 14, in the commentary, there was a reflection about why the LORD God allows terrible things to happen to His beloved, who are walking rightly before God and man.
As we all are living different lives that what we had planned or imagined for 2020, it isn't easy to understand the WHY. And often, we demand to know WHY God is allowing this hard into our life.
There are many examples in God's Word, where we see that the LORD does allow hardship into a person's life. He uses that hard to refine the person and be part of a bigger picture. A case in point would be Joseph, one of the 12 sons of Jacob. Joseph was the oldest of Jacob's wife, Rachel, whom Jacob adored and favored much to his ten older brothers' irritation. They actually hated their half brother, so much so that they sold Joseph into slavery to a caravan passing on the way to Egypt. In Egypt, God blessed Joseph with the man he was sold to and rose to high ranking levels within his household. And then, his master's wife lusted after Joseph, but he would not betray his GOD and his master, so she claimed that Joseph abused her. As a result, Joseph was thrown in prison. Once again, the LORD blessed Joseph in a hard place, and he rose to a level of leadership in the prison. The LORD had given Joseph the gift of interpreting dreams. Two of Pharaoh's household were in prison and had dreams the same night. They told Joseph their dream, and he told them what God had revealed. To the one that would be restored to Pharaoh's service, Joseph asked that he speak to Pharaoh about his innocence. But the man forgot UNTIL Pharaoh had a dream that none in the land could interpret. Then Pharaoh calls Joseph forth from prison. Pharaoh tells Joseph the dream, and Joseph reveals what the LORD had shown him and a plan of how to leverage what is ahead. Pharaoh is amazed and elevates Joseph to the 2nd highest command in the land; only Pharaoh has more power. Fast forward about nine years later, and Joseph has his ten brothers before him wanting to buy grain so that Jacob and his family do not perish. Still, they do not recognize their brother they sold into slavery. THIS testimony in Genesis chapters 37 - 50 witnesses that God does allow hard into a person's life because He will use that person IF the person stays the course.
We see this in Mary's life, as well. She minded her own business, worshiping God as she was preparing to wed her betrothed Joseph. An Angel appeared to her to inform her that she would be the mother of the Messiah. Because Mary was a virgin, the angel explained that the Holy Spirit would overshadow her, and she would give birth to a baby. Talk about an epic life changer. People in her culture found to be pregnant before marriage was a crime worthy of death!! Yet, like the young man Joseph from Genesis, this humble girl continued to trust God to work out the details. And those details were often hard. There was no wedding feast, and when it came time to have that baby, she and her husband had to travel long distances only to find there was no place for them to stay. A person took pity on them and offered them space in a stable where our LORD and Savior were born. Mary, her husband Joseph, and Jesus had to make a midnight run for Egypt so that Herod would not kill the baby; instead, all male babies under the age of 2 in and around Bethlehem were slaughter. When the small family returned to Israel, they settled in Nazareth. Everyone there knew that Mary had been pregnant with Jesus before she married Joseph. She bore all the looks, comments, losses with grace. Mary trusted God through it all. And remember, she stood at the foot of the cross and watched her beloved child die. Can you even imagine? Yet, God had a marvelous amazing plan. And three days later, Jesus rose from the dead!!! Mary's walking through the hard of life >>> friends, that blesses every single one of us.
Yes, I know ... that was then and what we are living through is so different. Does God still working miracles and taking care of His people?
That is why I want to share this book with you. Corrie ten Boom testifies to the LORD's grace, mercy, and a bigger plan than what she and her family enduring in the 1940s. She relays all the details of the journey in her book The Hiding Place . I highly recommend you purchase this book to keep handy so you can be encouraged. And if right now thing are too hard but you really would like this book, send me an email with your information and I'll send you a copy.
In times like we are living through, finding resources that testify that God is still very much involved in the lives of the people who are seeking Him, learning from Him, obeying His precepts and commands in reverent worshiping. Usually, these are the people who realize the depth of the riches and wisdom our Father God has placed in Psalms and Proverbs to help us navigate such a time as this.