I’ve been reading different authors’ perspectives on Joseph’s life. This post is from thebrokenchristian2016. Enjoy!
Recently I’ve been reading the story of Joseph in Genesis. I’ve honestly read this story hundreds of times, each time with a different emphasis. This time through I noticed that I wasn’t really enamored by all of the suffering that Joseph went through. I wasn’t enamored by the fact that he was sold into slavery, […]
These are some of my favorite verses. I love that God is at work in every circumstance, and that nothing is wasted with Him.
I’m reminded of when my mother-in-law keenly observed—while laughing and pointing to the black, mushy banana on top of my freezer—“some of us look like this, but we’re pretty sweet on the inside.” Yeah, I thought, this also applies to ugly trials and circumstances. God takes those ugly moments and turns them into something sweet; something only He can do.
There’s a catch, however, to God’s promise of working all things together: “For those who love God, and have been called according to his purpose” (vs. 28).
God’s Redemptive Purpose (Romans 8:30)
Paul uses verse 30 to bridge eternity past with his grand summary of God’s redemptive purpose. Shepherd’s Notes defines the following:
- Predestination: God’s grace at work before the foundation of the world
- Calling: God’s grace confronting us
- Justification: God’s grace making us right with Himself in the midst of history
- Glorification: God’s grace in the consummation of this age
- Believers can be assured that God is for us. Everything that happens to us is in His sovereign hand.
- Although we can’t control our circumstances, or others, God is able to take what happens to us and use it for our future good.
- God’s ultimate goal is not to make us comfortable, but conformable. That is, to grow us into the likeness of Christ (1 John 3:2). This is when we discover freedom and fulfillment in the true person God created us to be.