Picked from Casting Crowns' FB post on 20 September
Life can be tough, and it can seem like we are facing an uphill climb
all day every day. It can feel like we are going through the motions,
and we are just trying to make it to the next weekend, day off, or
vacation. We are going through life, and we are just surviving it. I
don’t think we were meant to live this way. God wants to live in us and
work through us every day, he wants to give us life. There is an
abundance of life in Christ, one that brings “joy, peace, patience and
kindness.” We weren’t made to survive - we were made to Thrive. Like
Joseph - he thrived even in the tough times and even in the mess.
In Genesis 7 we learn about Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob. In
jealousy, his brothers sell him in to slavery. He ends up in Egypt as a
slave to Potiphar. Even in his situation, he trusts God and God
blesses him. He moves up in the ranks in Potiphar's house.
Genesis 39:3 “When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that
the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in
his eyes and became his attendant.”
Did you get that? Potiphar
put him in charge of his household. And God blessed Potiphar's entire
household because of Joseph. Potiphar's wife, seeing the success of
Joseph, makes a play for him. After he rejects her, she accuses him
before Potiphar and Joseph is sent to jail.
Genesis 39:21 “But while Joseph was there, the Lord was with him.”
But God was still with Joseph even in prison. The prison guard put
Joseph in charge of all of the prisoners. Everywhere Joseph ended up,
God blessed him and he ended up in charge.
While in prison,
Joseph interpreted dreams for some of Pharoah’s employees. Years later,
when Pharaoh was having dreams he couldn't understand, Joseph was called
to interpret them.
Once again, seeing that Joseph was a man of
God, Pharaoh puts him in control of all of Egypt. Egypt goes through a
famine, they prosper because of Joseph. Not only that, but he is even
reunited with his family when his brothers are forced to come to Egypt
to buy grain.
Joseph was confident in the God that made promises
to him, and when tough times came, he rested in God. He at times may
have been surviving, but it is clear that he thrived. Joseph could have
treated his brothers with revenge, hatred, and anger. He could have
been bitter, resentful, and poured out wrath on them; instead, he
forgave them because he trusted that he was where he was because God had
a plan. Had they not sold him into slavery, he would not have ended up
in charge and his family would not have been blessed during the famine.
God orchestrated everything.
Joseph thrived because he was
rooted in Christ, and he trusted God's plan for his life. Even in the
tough times, even when it would have been easier to give up or throw in
the towel, Joseph lived a life that sought God, and pointed others to
God. He was rooted in what God promised him, and he never quit helping
I don’t know where you are as you are reading this. But
I do know that God is calling you to himself. God is constantly
calling you to know him and to make him known. Start digging into God’s
word an let him show himself to you. Don’t just survive life - Thrive