When God Seems Distant..

Posted: October 15, 2011 in The Word
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The past 6 months have not been the easiest that students in Chesterfield have ever had to deal with, to say the least. With the passing of Avery Spence in the spring, and then Cody Wood and Gage Edwards just this week, it’s been a difficult stretch for everyone. In times like this we all wonder, myself included, where is God? During times like this, times of hurt and sorrow, God seems so distant. He seems no where to be found. We have so many questions and answers simply seem no where to be found. But I feel like the Lord gave me something that will encourage everyone when we’re going through this process, which I think many of us are in now.

Just to set the stage, Joseph’s brothers are planning to kill him. Check this out:

Genesis 37: 23-27  When Joseph reached his brothers, they ripped off the fancy coat he was wearing, grabbed him, and threw him into a cistern (a pit). The cistern was dry; there wasn’t any water in it.

Then they sat down to eat their supper. Looking up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites on their way from Gilead, their camels loaded with spices, ointments, and perfumes to sell in Egypt. Judah said, “Brothers, what are we going to get out of killing our brother and concealing the evidence? Let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites, but let’s not kill him—he is, after all, our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.

So here is what just went down. All of Joseph’s brother planned to kill him. Then at the last minute they decided to just throw him into a huge pit in the middle of no where just to leave him. At this point, Joseph probably feel distant from God. He probably had lots of questions as to why this is happening to him. He is probably wanting answers from God. I think we can relate to this.

But then the brothers see the caravan rollin’ up on the scene. So they decide to sell Joseph to those people. And then the story goes on from there. Joseph is taken with those people and eventually works his way up to be a top dog in Egypt. Joseph’s way out of his tough situation was the caravan that was rollin’ by.

Here is the point I want to make, even before Joseph was thrown into the pit, even before he was wondering where God was, even before he was in the midst of an awful situation, God had already sent that caravan rollin’ on it’s way to that pit. God created a way out, a solution, even before Joseph was in his troubles.

I know all of us, myself included are looking for answers in the midst of all this chaos and confusion. We’re in a pit, there’s no doubt about it. But we can be confident that before any of this tragedy even came about, God already had his solution and his plan laid out to carry us through.

I hope this word helps y’all.

Nate

 

 

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