7. God is always there for you

Last week we saw how Joseph's brothers wanted to kill him, but how Reuben, the eldest intervened and convinced them to rather throw him in a pit. Reuben's plan was to rescue him later and take him back to his father, but his plan failed as we will see later on.

So finally Joseph arrived where his brothers were. We don't know what words were exchanged between them, but his brothers didn't waste any time in going through with their plan.

"So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him. Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it." Genesis 37:23, 24

First of all his brothers got rid of the tunic that showed that Joseph was chosen above them all, the object of their hatred, and then they cast him into the pit. I think Joseph must have been shocked. I cannot imagine that he saw this coming otherwise he would never have gone out to meet them. He must have known that they despised him, but this was going one step too far. I can just imagine how horrified he must have been at the turn of events.

But fortunately the Bible specifically mentions that the pit didn't have any water in it. God ordained it to be so; otherwise Joseph most certainly would have drowned.

So even in these dire circumstances God looked after Joseph. First of all He changed their mind about killing him and then He ordained that the pit didn't have any water in that he might drown.

The same is true for us. We might find ourselves in terrible situations. The COVID pandemic might be one of them. Some of us lost loved ones; others lost their businesses, whilst others lost income, hope, friends, potential, and family. Each lock down felt like a dire pit that we all are thrown into. Not being able to do what we would love to do, not being able to do what we want to do or to go where we want to go. It looked like a pit to me, with no silver lining, only mud.

But as I looked closer, I could see God's provision in it all. Indeed there was a silver lining for each of us. If we truly sat down and thought about it, God did come through for us in the way that we specifically needed it. For instance we were forced to spend more time at home with our children, we were forced to rest and not be as active as normal, we were forced to find joy in ordinary things, and because we couldn't do the things that we thought made us happy. We were forced to appreciate the small things in life, for as I realized it is the small things that ultimately result in the bigger things. God also made me see that He is testing me in the small things, for if I am not to be trusted with those, He couldn't trust me with bigger responsibilities in His Kingdom.

I want you to sit ten minutes with God today and ask Him to show you how He helped you in your times in the pit. Ask Him to show you how He provided for you and what you learned from it. Ask Him to show you these lessons, so that you can make a huge difference in other's lives too. Do not allow your 'pit' periods in your life be in vain. It never is. Learn from it, grow and help others through the same thing. It will be all worth it in the end, just like it was with Joseph.

Father, the times in the pit are terrible and I do not like it, but I know that You looked after me even in that. Please show me where You were during those times and help me to see how I have grown through it, so that I can be a blessing to others as well. Thank you for always being there for me. I love You. Amen

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