January 18, 2018: SOAP #2968:  Genesis 44-46; Luke 18 Scripture:  Genesis (NIV) 45:4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves [...]

January 18, 2018: SOAP #2968:  Genesis 44-46; Luke 18

Scripture:  Genesis (NIV) 45:4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!
5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.

Observation:    Joseph's brothers had sold him as a slave to traders who sold him as a slave in Egypt.   But now Joseph had a different perspective.   Yes, they had 'sold' him, but God had 'sent' him!

Application:    The owners of the town house we were renting, in the 1970's, turned it over to property managers who immediately raised our rent.   Six months later they raised it again with a notice that it would be raised even more in another six months!!!   I was angry.   We were forced to look for housing with a mortgage that would not keep increasing.   God miraculously helped us buy a beautiful town house with a mortgage that stretched us, but would not increase.   Then a year later, God moved us from Hawaii to Kansas.   We sold the town house at good profit to the first people to look at it.   We made four times what we had invested which enabled us to afford a mortgage on a house in Kansas where we now live.   Now in retirement, we live in a home without a mortgage!

Am I still angry?   No way!   God, knowing the future, used that to force us to do something that is a great blessing to us now.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, how often you have used things that I did not like to force me to do what later would be a blessing to me and make me a blessing to others.   It is wise to trust you with things I do not understand.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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