Mankind has a propensity to make plans and often assume their outcome.  That is commendable particularly when the ramifications and implications of such plans have significant impact on the individual’s life and that of others.  Yet it is imperative that the believer in Christ realize that all the decisions he or she makes in time, were known by the Omniscient Sovereign God in eternity past, and He has weaved them into His Divine will and plan for their lives. That Truth should bring great comfort and encouragement to a Christian both in times of ease and adversity.  Scripture provides many examples of God’s overruling will in the decisions made either by self or imposed on self.  A classic example is seen in the life of Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers with the intention of never seeing him again.  “Judah said to his brothers, "What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?  Come, let's sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood." His brothers agreed. So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt” (Gen 37:26-28 NIV). That decision, known by God in eternity past, long before the incident occurred in time, reveals the Sovereign God at work to fulfill the promise that the Apostle Paul states in writing to the Roman.  “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom 8:28 NASB).  Some thirty years passed as God was orchestrating the deliverance of Jacob’s family and the Egyptians from the famine that was in the land.  Joseph was now prime minister of Egypt though his identity and position was unknown to his family in Palestine. The time had come for the God to fulfill the prophecies regarding Joseph and his family.  In Genesis, Moses records the account … “Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it." His brothers said to him, "Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?" And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. "Listen," he said, "I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me." When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, "What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?"  His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind” (Gen 37:5-11 NIV).  That last phrase reveals that God was at work in all this, for the day came that the brothers heard the convicting words from their brother … “Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God?  You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children." And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them” (Gen 50:19-21). God’s Word brings to each of us, who have placed our faith in the fact that Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead, great encouragement in knowing that … "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor 12:9).

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