Have you ever noticed the hand of God guiding your life? A job ends causing you to move hundreds of miles to start a new job. The Lord opens doors there that wouldn’t have been possible before. You suffer from a health difficulty and in the process the Lord gives you a new empathy for others experiencing health challenges. You are forced to spend more time at home due to the pandemic and the Lord uses this time to help you grow in your relationship with Him and your family. The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8: 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
What does hand of God working in our life tell us about our Lord? I believe it tells us that God has a plan for our life, and He is involved in that plan. We are not on our own. The Lord is the Good Shepherd working in the background even if we are not aware of it.
In our story, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. He may have asked God, “Where are you?” To be sold as a slave and forced to travel hundreds of miles would have been a very difficult and painful experience. Joseph’s family, familiar surroundings, food, and language were different. The life he had once lived would never be the same. Joseph entered a new chapter in his life. The same things would happen to us if we had been sold into slavery.
As we read the story of Joseph, we have more insight into his life because of the word of God. When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.  Genesis 39:1. As a slave, Joseph could have been purchased by any number of people, but the hand of God guided Joseph to be a slave to Potiphar. The Lord had prepositioned Joseph in a very critical place so God’s plan for Joseph and his family could unfold. Like in our own lives, God’s plan unfolds in a different way than we would plan. Why? The Lord often uses His plan to refine us just like He was doing with Joseph.
Prayer: Thank you Jesus for guiding me even when I am not aware of it. Help me Lord to look for good things in the new season I am in. Mold me and shape me Heavenly Father so I can be about building your Kingdom. Amen.
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[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ro 8:28). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.