Trust the Process

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If you have never read the story of Joseph, it’s one of the most powerful stories in the world. A favorite son is cast away by his own brothers because of their father’s favoritism, and instead of killing him they decide to sell him as a slave to traveling Egyptians. From there, Joseph’s life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns, and unexpected endings. He is sent to prison, escapes and becomes second in command, and then does it again after being accused of something he did not do with the Pharoah’s wife. Yet through it all, God was working inside of him. After years of toil and a season of famine across the modern world, Joseph meets his brothers again when they come to him as lord of Egypt and the man in charge of selling grain to the starving populations around the land. In an unlikely reunion, Joseph eventually reveals himself, full of emotion and the spirit of God and says:

And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because God sent me ahead of you…So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.” (Genesis 45:5,8a)

The Bible tells us his brothers were scared of what Joseph might do to them, especially considering the authority he had over them. Yet Joseph offers forgiveness, not bitterness and resentment. Perhaps even more shocking is his recognition of God’s heart and plan in the life of his suffering journey to second in command in Egypt. Read that line one more time: “it was not you who sent me here, but God.”

All of us have or will experience suffering and trial in our lives. How we eventually respond to hardship help creates our character and our faith in what is happening to us. From me personally, I know I have not always viewed hardship as God’s plan that it happened, and my life has not been nearly as eventful as Joseph’s trials.

What if we had faith like Joseph, trusting that something will come out in the end of the process? Even if we do not see it all in the beginning, we can trust that each small step, even of suffering, is a part of God’s plan to send us somewhere else. It is not always our world or the suffering we are experiencing that is sending us, it is God.

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