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Genesis 50:20 ... "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."
This is Joseph speaking to his brothers. After having suffered hardships and mistreatment, at the hands of his brothers especially, is saying that all his sufferings had been worth it to reach the accomplishment of God's will.
Isaiah 43:2 .... "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through te rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze."
Phillipians 1:12 .... "Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel."
Paul... after being imprisonned in a dungeon, all his hardships for the advancement of the gospel.
Romans 8:18 ... " I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us."
Not to say that our sufferings are not significnt, but that the result, if we allow the Lord to work in us, will reveal the Lord's glory. And if our suffering is intense, and painful, and longlasting, then how magnificent, glorious, wonderous, mind-bogeling amazing! is the merciful power of God that brings us through it, and to an end of peace and clarity!
And our Lord is faithful! These are the things He has promised! You can count on them!
Here are some points to help you through...
1. We need a new perspective, Romans 8:18.
2. ... patience, vs. 20-25.
3. ... understanding of Providence, v. 26-27, 28
4. ... and keep praising, v. 28
I have a couple other thing I would like to say but my kids are becoming unruly....
|9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,[e] and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.[f] 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,
“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”[g]
says the Lord.
“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”[h]
21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
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