Dear Mosaic Family, Romans 8:28 teaches us that "for those who love God all things work together for good." The emphasis in the verse is on the fact that all the events in our lives, working together, produce good. Often, there are events in our lives that don't appear good, beneficial or meaningful, but they are still integral parts of God's plan and purpose for our lives. As we continue our series studying the Heroes of the Old Testament tomorrow, we'll be studying the life of Joseph. At age 17, Joseph is savegely sold into slavery by his brothers, and after spending over a decade in slavery (!), he is unjustly imprisoned for another 3 years. So for over a dozen years, Joseph endures unimaginable injustice and evil. It's only after his miraculous rise to power in Egypt, does he see God's purpose in the suffering he endured. At the end of the story, he is able to forgive his brothers and say, "you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive."
Where did Joseph get the resources to forgive the unimaginable sin against him? How did he manage, not just to survive, but thrive in captivity when it seemed that everything was set against him? How did he continue to trust God, when circumstances seemed to say that God didn't care? Be sure to join us tomorrow as we learn from the life of the great hero of the faith, Joseph, and see how his life foreshadows the Ultimate Superhero, Jesus Christ.
Praying for you, Pastor Jan
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