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Pearls of the Kingdom 1/24/24

I had shared in my sermon a few weeks ago on the life of Esther. I began by asking; Have you ever asked God, “Why am I here?” “What was I born for?” “What’s my purpose here on earth?”  What’s your plan for my life? I had suggested that we could learn something from the life of Esther.

I made this one interesting thought that throughout the Book of Esther we do not see God mentioned. However, if we look closer, we will see the invisible God made visible.

I mentioned that I can so relate to her life story especially around the words of Mordecai to Esther, “Who knows, if you have been made queen (born) for such a time as this.” I believe now, without any doubt that I can say, “I have been born for such a time as this.” God has me in a specific place, for a specific time, for a specific plan and purpose. 

I must admit that the journey getting to this place of understanding, was not always clear. For a lack of words, “It was cloudy at times.” What, I mean by this, some of the things that took place in my journey didn’t always make sense to me. I didn’t always have “divine revelation” to bring things into perspective, make things clear for me.  It was one step at a time. The next steps were only revealed when the previous step had happened. I guess that is why it is called a journey (walk) of faith and trust. I don’t know why, I don’t always understand why, but I must trust you God in this journey as you have promised me that you have a plan and purpose for my life.

I share all of this just to set the table to consider another life from the scriptures, the life of Joseph. Like Esther, I can relate to Joseph’s journey.  To be honest, If I were writing his story, it would have gone differently. I would have made his journey very different. The process would have been easier and take way shorter time to complete. I want things to be “quicker, easier, less stressful and painful.”  Relate to anyone else? But we must understand that God had a purpose for all the challenges that Joseph encountered.

If we look at Josephs life starting with his dreams. Pretty much that’s all Joseph had. Why didn’t God make things clearer for Joseph? Wouldn’t it have been more helpful for Joseph if he had a heads up, be ready for what’s about to happen next? Why not give him more dreams for his own life? Only makes sense to me. Not sure about you but I have a few more questions “WHY.”

Why did the brothers believe they needed to kill Joseph? 

Why not just rough him up a little, like brother rivalries go?

Why did Potiphar’s wife falsely accuse Joseph?

Why was Joseph thrown in prison?

Why not reassign Joseph to a different position?

Why did the cup bearer forget Joseph for 2 years?

Why did Josephs journey take so long? Over 24 + years (Gen 37-Gen 45)

Why did Joseph have to endure so much hardship?

Maybe you have your questions why?

Gods plan for Josephs life was surely different than what I would have planned. Then again, I am not God. His ways are different than my ways. He knows the plans and purposes that he has prepared for Joseph. Yes, even the challenges, the mountains and valleys. All through his journey, Joseph never questioned or complained. Did not feel sorry for himself. It wasn’t till the end this journey, the purpose and plan are revealed as we hear the words of Joseph to his brothers;

Gen 50:19-21 “But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you?  You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.” So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.”

So, I want to end by encouraging you today my friends, stay the course, continue to trust God, even if you don’t have all the “pieces” to your journey before you. As you continue to walk this out, trusting that you may only get one piece of the whole picture at a time. I believe that at the right time you will receive the last piece, and the final picture of your journey will be revealed. You will have understanding. Like Esther and Joseph, you will understand that the journey, the process, yes even the challenges you endured have brought you to be in a specific place, for a specific time for a specific purpose. 

Pastor Jeff

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