IN THE PITS!
by Gary Wilkerson
Starting in Genesis 37, we see Joseph’s story, which reads like an episode of
the television program “Cops.” One of his brothers was a rapist and the
others tried to kill Joseph and eventually sold him into slavery. Even Jacob,
his own father, neglected to step in when Joseph was tormented by his brothers.
Joseph paid a penalty for his family’s dysfunction.
Does this describe you? You have been away from home for years but you still
bear mental scars from your family’s chaos. Or perhaps your chaos is in the
workplace, where others’ willful sins affect you directly. That happened to
Joseph when his boss’s wife tried to seduce him. When Joseph turned her down,
she lied about him vengefully and he was tossed into yet another pit, a
Scripture makes it clear that with every pit Joseph fell into, God was at work
speeding up the process of achieving His kingdom purposes. I hear God saying of
him: “I want someone who’s willing to endure every test faithfully, so that
I can strategically position him to save My people. I choose Joseph for this
Think about the incredible trajectory of Joseph’s life. Here was a teenaged
shepherd who within a few years became second in command of the world’s
greatest empire. It makes me want to pray, “God, take me out of my comfort
zone. I want to see You work Your purposes in my life.”
Are you willing to say, “Lord, I’ll gladly go wherever You want me to
go”? I know many Christians who hunger for this kind of faith. They cry out,
“Lord, there has to be more to this walk. I don’t want to just occupy space
on the earth. I want You to work in me so that I can impact Your Kingdom.”
The bigger our dreams for God’s work, the larger our pit will be. Do you
believe God for a marriage that reflects His glory? Then be prepared to have
your marriage tested almost beyond your limits. The truth is, faith throws us
into a pit almost every time. If we want God to use our lives, then we had
better prepare ourselves for a pit.
“You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that
many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Genesis 50:20, ESV).
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