The Rock At The Bottom

Posted: January 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

This week we are gonna park our thought train on the topic of adversity and why God allows stuff that we don’t like or want, to happen in our lives.

If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat. Obviously ‘getting out of your boat’ is just a metaphor for getting out of your comfort zone.

Sometimes God uses adversity to make us get out of the boat. I don’t know about you but if I’m chillin’ in a boat and it starts taking on water and sinking, I’m getting out quick like, you hear what I’m saying?

Sometimes we are so stuck in our boats, God has to poke a hole in it to provide the necessary motivation to get us on our feet and getting out of the boat.

So when something occurs in your life that seems like a negative thing, before you pray and ask God to fix it, take a moment to first ask him why he is allowing these circumstances in your life. Ask him what he is trying to tell you and what he wants you to learn from it.

Just because you go through trials does not mean God has forsaken you.
God allows us to experience adversity to bring about a change in us that will move us closer to him.

Sometimes God allows us to hit rock bottom to show us he’s the rock at the bottom.

Another reason he brings adversity into your life is to bring glory to Himself and to accomplish his plans. Joseph is a perfect example of this:

Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery and landed in the house of a man named Potiphar.
While a slave he found favor in the eyes of his master and scripture says, the Lord was with Joseph. Isn’t that nice?

When Potiphar saw that the Lord was with him, Joseph found favor in Potiphar’s eyes and put him in charge of his household and everything he owned.

Eventually Potiphar’s wife developed a thing for Joseph, ick, and tried to get with him.
But Joseph refused by saying, “How could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”
What a good boy. I’m sure he was rewarded.

NOT

Joseph’s reward for doing the right thing….She screamed rape and he was thrown into prison.
But have no fear, scripture says that while he was in prison, “the Lord was with him.”

While in prison, Joseph found favor in the eyes of the warden and was put in charge of all the other prisoners. Yeah!

The Warden worried about nothing in Joseph’s care, say it with me boys and girls, “Because the Lord was with him.”

Joseph spent several years in prison…while the Lord was with him.
I don’t know about you, but I’d be thinking… ‘My brother’s sell me into slavery, but the Lord says he’s with me. My master’s wife falsely accuses me of wrongdoing, but the Lord is still with me.
Then I get thrown into prison for several years and forgotten about, but yep…the Lord is still with me.’

I’d be thinking, Hey Lord, could you go be with my brother’s for awhile? You feel me? I be like, ‘No no Lord I know you busy. I’m cool if you got to go for a bit. You know, be with somebody else and all. I’m cool. I’ll be alright.’

Joseph had to be wondering what the heck was going on, you know?

But eventually Joseph was freed from prison and became second in command in all of Egypt.

This led to him being in the right place at the right time, God’s timing, to save the 12 tribes of Judah.

And this is what Joseph said to his brothers, so listen up and get this:

Am I in the place of God? (He was saying I’m right where God needed me to be) You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good, to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
(Genesis 50:19-20)

If Joseph had not faced adversity, Israel would have died out due to a severe famine.
God orchestrated the whole ordeal to bring about his will and plan.

And this was not a quick thing. Joseph did not suffer for a hot minute, then everything was cool. This went on for years.

We immediately get upset if things don’t go our way. We get mad at God or frustrated. We feel like he has forsaken us. That maybe we’ve done something to cause him to stop loving us.

But God allowed adversity in Joseph’s life to go on for years because he was going to do something really big out of it, as in save a whole nation.

So if you have been facing adversity for a long time, just rest in the knowledge that God is orchestrating something big that he will accomplish through you.
At remember this….God is with you through it all.

The second thing to remember is that Jesus never promised you that you were going to sail through this life unscathed. As a matter of fact, he promised the exact opposite. Chew on this for a minute:

Jesus said, “In this world you WILL have tribulation,
But be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33)

Translation: Jesus is saying,
“Chill out man, I got this.”

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