It was one of those days, when I felt so down and hopeless thinking about how my future would be. I tried calming myself down, I tried sharing with my friend, but nothing seemed to work. Then I had but one choice – to go to my Creator God in prayer. For I knew, He was the only one who could give me proper guidance and peace. And Behold! True to His faithfulness he opened my eyes, to see how much of hope I have in Him, through the life of Joseph.
Joseph was a young guy who was with his father while his brothers had gone far off to care for their sheep. Suddenly, his dad Jacob asked him to go to his brothers and see whether everything was fine with them. Then Joseph, the youngest of all the brothers then, set out to find his brothers just as his dad had told him to.
He was just fine until he found himself in a place where he did not know which direction to take. He was wandering in the fields not knowing what to do. It was almost like he was lost.
Today, you might be in a similar situation. Wandering in life, without knowing which direction to take. May be you do not know the place you have to be in and the dangers that lie in your way. You may feel you’re never going to make it to a good position in life or that you may miss the destiny that God has for you in this life. You may have very little hope or you’re totally deprived of it. You may be silently crying in your heart without knowing what to do and whom to ask. You may even feel that your life is over and nothing good can happen to you after this.
Well, this was the situation of Joseph. He would have been wandering with so much of confusions in his mind.
But, there was a sudden change in the situation. God sent him help on time. A man found him wandering and asked him about the problem, eventually directing him in the way his brothers had taken.
Joseph did not find that help. But the man found Joseph and guided him. It was clearly a guidance from God.
The God who guided him will guide us too, no matter what our confusions are, He will take charge. When He does lead us, He leads step by step.
Joseph was not directly taken to Pharoah’s house. God led him, one step at a time. He had to cross his brothers’ torture, the experience of slavery, prison etc, before he reached the destiny God had for his life on earth.
If you’re feeling insecure about your future, Cheer up! Just know that God is in control of your life. He has already planned and finished everything regarding your life. You have a hope and a future. Just trust Him as he leads you through.
Am I in the Right Place?
Once Joseph got the guidance, he went and found his brothers. But what happened to him after that? He was ridiculed and insulted. He was thrown into a pit and sold as a slave. He was even about to be killed by his brothers, because they hated him.
May be Joseph thought at that time, “I’m not in the right place. If I hadn’t come here all this would not have happened to me.”
But dear readers, that was the place he was supposed to be in. That was God’s will for him. He had a turning point in his life in that very place. His life took a direction that led him to be the governor of Egypt, who saved the people from death during famine.
Even you, who may be feeling you’re not in the right place, take heart! There is a huge blessing that follows every hard time. If you have given your life to God, you don’t have to worry about anything.
Why Should God lead me?
God leads you to a great destiny, simply because He has made great plans for you and has chosen you to give you a great future.
He says, “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.” (John 15.16)
Jeremiah 29.11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
The God who has promised will definitely fulfil His promise to you, for He is a faithful God.
When Will God Lead me?
God will lead us when we are obedient to Him and do all that he tells us to do, living everyday according to his word.
When Jacob asks Joseph to go to his brothers, he immediately agrees even though he knows that his brothers hate him. Just as he obeyed his father, we are called to obey our heavenly Father.
If we do that, we can blindly put our hope in Him and be still at any storm approaching us and know that He is God over our lives!
What were you confused about? Did you find your hope in Christ? Share your experience in the comments section.