Our theme for this month: “You Gotta Keep Dancing”
Our Bible verse for today: “The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, serving in the household of his Egyptian master.” Genesis 39:2
Our thought for today: “You can survive and you can thrive.”
I haven’t counted them but I’m sure I probably have about fifty Christian books in my personal library that pertain to getting through the storms of life. That may actually be a low estimate. The fact is that storms are so common in life that getting through them is a favorite theme for Christian authors and for Christian readers.
As I consider just the fifty or so that I have on my shelves, I’m amazed at how many of those books use the Biblical example of Joseph as their model for how to survive and even thrive as you deal with hard times. Joseph was hated by his brothers, sold into slavery in Egypt, falsely accused of a sex crime, thrown into prison for years, and then spent decades separated from his family. But in the middle of it all Joseph stayed faithful to God. He strived to be the best man he could be regardless of the difficulties he had to deal with, and he truly did thrive in the midst of adversity.
We can too. The same God who was with Joseph then is with you now and He will help you to not only survive, but also to thrive as you deal with whatever your current challenges are.
Some years ago, when I was in a bit of a valley in my life, my wife Linda gave me a pocket copy of Max Lucado’s great little book “You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help For Your Turbulent Times”. It’s about how to survive and thrive in difficult times and sure enough, the book revolves around lessons we learn from Joseph. Looking at Joseph’s story, and knowing how God would use those difficult times in his life, Max wrote:
“We see a perfect mess; God sees a perfect chance to train, test, and teach the future prime minister. We see a prison; God sees a kiln. We see famine; God sees the relocation of his chosen lineage. We see Satan’s tricks and ploys. God sees Satan tripped and foiled.”
I want to repeat the statement I made a few moments ago: The same God who was with Joseph then is with you now. And He will help you to not only survive, but also to thrive as you deal with whatever your current challenges are.
I know it might not seem that way right now. It might seem as if the depression will never lift, or the sickness will never get better, or you will never find a job. And in truth, it may take a while. But God is with you. Trust Him. Be faithful. Strive to do your best in the middle of difficult circumstances, and in His way and in His time God will deliver you.