August 21, 2015

Messy Lives

Genesis 39:7-23
Joseph gets 6 verses into Chapter 39 where life seems to be going well again. Then, without warning, it takes another turn for the worse, and he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was rejected by his brothers, sold into slavery, and now wrongfully accused and thrown into jail.“But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison” (39:21 ESV). Once again, in dire circumstances, God reveals his presence in the middle of the mess. Joseph, without grudge or resentment given to his circumstance, remained faithful in his duties and the Lord delivered him.

Life hardly ever goes exactly like we plan it. It is often filled with ebbs and flows. It can take us from the mountaintop to the valley without any time to prepare. It is at these moments a choice can be made. We can complain and bemoan about our circumstances, letting it consume us to the point of bitterness. On the other hand, our option is to fix our eyes upon Christ knowing his love and grace are steadfast in all circumstances, making the ebbs and flows more like a calm and gentle sea.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

(Helen H. Lemmel, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus)