Genesis 45:8 No One To Blame

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“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” Genesis 45:8

Hard times come upon every person at one point or another, and even often more than one time in life. Things change, people get sick or die, things break down, injuries, fights, disagreements, and more.

As things happen that are not very good or positive, the first thing many people try to do is figure out who to blame in why things went bad. Or they want to know why things went bad in their life. People want to know the purpose behind all negative things. Just as a little child asks the question ‘why?’ so do adults when things go bad.

Often it is easy to blame someone for what went wrong. The person said or did something that was bad and it caused a problem and a change in life. This is what it looked like for Joseph from an outside perspective. His brothers sold him into slavery, then, he gets falsely accused and put in prison. Everything looks terrible and individuals can be blamed–his brothers, and his master’s wife.

Yet, Joseph becomes second, only to Pharaoh in Egypt and provider of food for the world. He saw this as God’s doing in order to meet the needs of the people later on. God knew the drought was coming and set Joseph up to help meet that need. Joseph did not blame his brothers, nor God. He accepted and proclaimed that God sent him to Egypt to help the people, even though it was through slavery and imprisonment.

Believers will go through hard times, yet it is not anyone’s fault. God is in control and allows bad things to happen for a purpose. That purpose may be for the individual or it may be for others, but either way it is to glorify God.

As you go through hard times, and you will some day, do not be quick to blame someone else or get angry with God. Ask God to reveal the purpose for the hard time. Ask God how you can use that difficult time to spread His gospel message and bring Him glory. Ask Him how you can help others through your difficult time.

God can and will use you in the best way possible. Are you willing to be used despite the trouble it might be?

I pray today that you will know God’s work in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will not be angry at what God allows in your life; and that you will use all situations for His glory.

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Judges 6:15 Who, Me?

“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” Judges 6:15

The Israelites had turned away from God and started worshipping false idols. God gave them into the hands of the Midianites, who oppressed them severely. After a time they cried out to God for help.

God sent an angel to Gideon to tell him that he was the one to deliver the people from the Midianites. Gideon questions God saying that his clan was the weakest and that in his class and family, he was the least.

There are times in life when God will ask someone to do something very grand. It may be something he has never done before and is a larger undertaking than he has ever done. The first question many people have is who…me?

Most people do not see themselves as doing anything really great for God or in this world. They may have tried various things and have failed, so they give up dreaming big. They do not see as God sees things. They do not believe in the power and abilities of God. They see themselves as weak little failures that cannot do anything for God.

As a believer, these types of thoughts should never enter your mind or heart. In Jesus you are more than a conqueror. Jesus gave you all His power, and He has absolute authority and all power on this earth. If Jesus can take a few fish and feed thousands, or calm a stormy sea, or part the waters, or raise the dead, don’t you think that He can do great things through you?

David was just a little shepherd boy, when God called him to be a king. Gideon was just a man trying to make a living, when God called him to deliver the Israelites from the Midianites.

What is God calling you to do?

How are you answering Him? Yes, send me. Or are you saying, “who, me”?

Allow God to use you in great ways today and everyday. Be open to what He wants to do in and through you.

I pray today that you will hear God’s calling for your life; that you will trust God in what He wants you to do; that you will rely on God’s strength and direction; and that God will use you to bring many to Jesus in this world.