Circumstances Are Not Always As They Seem
Read Genesis Chapters 42 and 45
Ge 42:36 Their father Jacob said to them, “You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!”
Ge 45:25 So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. 26 They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.” Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them. 27 But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”
Jacob is one of the Patriarchs of our faith. He was blessed by God and received some great promises. He saw angels ascending and descending on a ladder to heaven. He wrestled with God (Genesis 32:22-32). There aren’t many men who had a more personal experience with God as did Jacob (Israel). Yet, we find in Genesis chapter 42 that Jacob had lost his trust in God’s plan for his life. He found himself despairing over life’s turn of events.
What he had failed to remember is that God’s perfect plan can always be trusted. It can be counted on because the One who is in control is trustworthy and faithful to His promises. Genesis chapter 45 shows us that God’s children have no reason to doubt, no reason to worry, and no reason to despair. Jacob should have known, but did not, because he was beset by human weakness. We should know, but we do not, because we too have our weaknesses.
We SSA men and women often find ourselves despairing over our circumstances. Sometimes we don’t trust God to reward us for our heart’s desire to be done with our sins. We fail to believe in His promise to carry us all the way through to complete deliverance. We wonder if we have wasted our lives fighting our same-sex desires. We wallow in self-pity over the enormous battle we are fighting.
Jacob could not see or believe that God had a purpose for everything which had occurred in his life. He could only see “what he had seen” and failed to remember that there is a lot of God-ordained things going on that were unseen. In the spiritual world, our Lord is diligently working in our behalf. He has His hand upon us and has a great future and purpose planned for each SSA man and woman who has submitted their sexuality to His will. Our “Joseph” is out there somewhere in our future, and when the time is right, God will reveal it to us. Our “Joseph” is not dead as we sometimes believe.
Our faith is based upon what we have been promised, but have not yet seen. As the writer of Hebrews said,
Heb 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
We must learn to rely on God to fulfill our desire for complete deliverance. We have to trust Him to bring us to the Promised Land. We don’t see it now, but it is out there waiting to be revealed in due time.
1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
Prayer: Lord, I am the worst offender. I fret and despair so often, and I should not. At times, my mind ponders the “what ifs” that plague me, and I am like Jacob and say, “Everything is against me!” Please help me to understand this lesson, and to trust You to walk me through the trials and tribulations of life with complete confidence. Help all who can relate to this lesson as I did, that they also will not fall into despair.