Summer Devotional May 24th, 2017

Genesis 50:20:  “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

This is Joseph telling his brothers that what they did to him (threw him in a hole, sold him into slavery, landing in jail and all the other resulting hardships he had to endure as a consequence) were God’s plan.  Man intends evil; God intends good.  God brings good out of bad intentions.  Joseph forgave his brothers and left judgement to God.

This is a reminder to all of us that despite the crap circumstances we may find ourselves in, God has a plan and it is for good.  Sickness, death, tragedy, loss of a limb, senseless violence, financial troubles, bankruptcy, emotional trauma, depression, or overall sense of being lost in this chaotic world, God is there and He is working for good in our troubles.  Have faith.  Trust in Him.  He will do the rest.

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Being Content in Life’s Circumstances

So, today church was about being content and grateful for what’s in your life and to not take things for granted because it can all vanish in an instant.  I am trying really hard, but I often let life get to me and I really don’t know why.

I’ve been through some tough times and we’re on an upswing right now:  new job, new apartment, new school, etc.  We have money now, especially here in the next couple of weeks once we get our taxes back and pay some debts off.  Still, I can’t help but feel…down.  I’m going to start P90X again tomorrow after two weeks off from our move so I hope that helps.

My husband’s out of town so we can’t move any furniture in until he returns.  I don’t have internet until the 11th (I’m just writing these and will post once I get it), which is really making me feel disconnected from the world.  I haven’t been inspired to write or query.  I haven’t been inspired to do much.

I’m back in contact with my sister after about 4 months of not speaking and she’s annoying. She’s well off but all I hear out of her is how poor she is and it’s getting old.  This is not to mention her other miniscule problems in life.

Then there are the moments when my son crawls into my lap and I just hug him and kiss him.

Still, it’s hard to get over feeling overwhelmed and down.  Today’s message was to trust in the Lord since He’s all we have really.  Our stuff can be taken away, people can be taken away, and even us will go one day.  He is the one constant.

So I guess I have to read my Bible more and trust more in Him and His plan.  Where else can I put my hope?