“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”~Ephesians 3:20
Joseph’s life was looking bleak when he was sold into slavery by his brothers. His own family had sold him so they would never see him again, they even considered killing him. His future looked unpromising, even hopeless and I am sure that in all his hopes and dreams, he didn’t imagine the awesome extent of what God had in store for him.
Joseph became a house slave and everything seemed to be going in the wrong direction, yet with God working in and through him, he earned his master Potiphar’ trust and was put in charge of the whole household.
“The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered” ~ Genesis 39:2
When Joseph was sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, the Lord was with him. He earned the prison wardens trust and was put in charge of everyone and everything in the prison.
He was put in some really horrible situations that would leave anyone saying “why me?” .They would leave anyone feeling hopeless. They would make anyone think that their dreams were impossible, how much can you do when you are stuck in a prison cell?
Little did Joseph know that this was Gods perfect plan, that he was working in and through him amidst all the trials and temptations. He was being milder into the man of God that he was designed to be. He was being prepared for his future. And wow, he did great things for God. He interpreted Pharoahs dreams, predicting the seven years of famine that Egypt would have. He was then given the responsibility of storing up food and saved Egypt from famine. It was when Josephs family travelled to Egypt to buy food so that they wouldn’t starve to death, that things became clear to him.
“Because it was to save lives that God sent me here” ~ Genesis 45:5
He understood that it was God who sent him to Egypt and forgave his brothers for their crime against him.
“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God” ~ Genesis 45:8
I am sure that Joseph never asked or imagined that he would save the entire county of Egypt and his family from dying during a famine. I’m sure that when he was sold to slavery he didn’t imagine his future would be great, yet God took these situations and flipped them right around to be used for his glory. All it took was one man who put his trust in God.
Whatever hardships we are going through right now and however bleak our futures may look, let’s remember that for all of our hopes and dreams, God can do immeasurably more.
Gods plans for you are infinitely bigger than you can even imagine. During whatever challenges we are facing, let’s remember to hold on to that promise and commit our lives to the Lord and his perfect plan.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your paths will succeed” ~ Proverbs 16:3