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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Revelation 15:3 God’s Great Works

 

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and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.” Revelation 15:3

People and the world as a whole love to blame God for many things. They believe that God is not doing His job or is doing a bad job. When there is a sickness, death, or something goes ‘bad’, the first thing many people want to do is blame God.

All that people see in this world is the pain, suffering, and sin. They do not understand why God would allow such a bad thing, if He is such a loving and good God. A number of people have walked away from God, because of some trouble in their life. They think that God is a cruel and unjust God.

John was given a vision of people who had overcome Satan and was worshipping God. They acknowledged the great and wonderful works of God and how true and just His ways are.

When a person really looks at what God has done and is doing, all he can see is how great and marvelous His works really are. No person on this earth deserves to live, because of any one sin that they have done, and everyone has done many sins. Yet, God has provided a way to remove that sin and give them life.

God did this in a way that is fair and true for every person. No one is excluded. Every person can have eternal life.

He works in the lives of each and every individual person to bring them this eternal life. This alone is a great and marvelous work, that is true and just.

If God were to be just as the world sees it, there would not be one person left alive on this earth. Every person would have to be destroyed.

Moses and the Israelites saw the great deeds of God as they left Egypt. You must also see the great and marvelous works of God in your own life and in this world as you are traveling out of Egypt on the path to heaven.

Realize how much God has done for you and refuse to see things in a negative way. Notice that all that occurs in your life is for a purpose to bring you closer to God and make you more like Jesus. Give Him praise today.

I pray today that you will know the works of God in your life; that you will know how God is building you up; that you will know how great God is; and that you will see God’s ways are best and praise Him.

Job 40:3-4 Silence Before God

Then Job answered the LORD: “I am unworthy–how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer–twice, but I will say no more.” Job 40:3-4

God asks who is trying to correct Him. Job had been saying that he would stand before God to state his case and show that God made a mistake in punishing him with all the struggles he had been going through. Job realizes who God really is and states that he made a mistake in judging God. He will now keep silent before God and no longer accuse God of doing something wrong.

When people are going through a tough time, most people like to blame others for what is happening. It is easy for a person to think that the fault is someone else’s.

This also happens with blaming God for what is happening. There have been people who served God for years, then something catastrophic happens in their life. They choose to blame God for the problems and feel He is in the wrong. Then they choose to walk away from God, because they refuse to follow a God who allows bad things to happen.

God only allows things to happen in a person’s life that is the best thing for that person. As a person is going through a hard time, it is difficult to see how it can be the best thing to happen. It may feel like God made a mistake…but He never does make a mistake.

Take a look at the natural world around you. Look at how the stars and planets move in perfect sync with each other. Look at how the animals survive. Look at how the oceans stay in place. Look at how the rains come and go as needed. See the wonder of the sunrise and sunset. If God can control all of those great things correctly, don’t you think He can control your life correctly?

Paul said that all things work together for your good. God is working to bring about the best in your life. Although Job felt pain and sorrow, he was going to be rewarded in the end. He would be set as an example of great faith and trust in God.

Are you blaming God?

Or will you trust He knows what He is doing?

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust God with your life; that you will trust that God knows what He is doing; and that you will be a great example of faith for God to use.