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How to Prepare for Life’s Changes

Change is inevitable but how we prepare to respond to it is a lifelong challenge. Let us learn how to make the most of life’s undulating cycles by learning all we can from the life of Joseph. He experienced numerous ups and downs yet finished victoriously.

First, Joseph rejoiced in his Father’s favor, but was sold into Egyptian slavery. Then, Joseph rose to a position of trust in Pharaoh’s court, but was soon cast into prison, then raised to lead all of Egypt. Next, Joseph was living in comfort, then was cast into misfortune but was soon raise up to a level of honor, then down again into a valley of shame. These cycles of ups and downs are a part of every person’s and nations’ cycles. No person can be assured of a continual straight line of episodes.

Life is always a cycle of light and darkness, sweetness and bitterness, glory and shame, hope and fear, joy and sorrow. Do not think it strange when you are going through a roller coaster experience. Ask the Lord to help you to take up the full armor of God so that you can prepare for the evil day and the changes that will be required of you. It would have been easy for Joseph to retaliate against his brothers for selling him into slavery, but he chose to see things through the proper perspective. Trust the Lord to help you learn to see more things through the providential eyes of God.

Christians need to remember that we are strangers and pilgrims on earth. God does not want us to become so secure, comfortable and identified with this world that we start to rely on it instead of Him. Ask the Lord to help you to remember the words of the old hymn, “This world is not your home, I’m just a passin through, my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door so I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”

Joseph knew that at any hour human prosperity, health or security might be taken away. The great patriarch realized that God has the right to allow adversity, troubles and suffering to come into our life for His purposes. He will not tempt us above our strength. The Lord has the prerogative of changing our honor to shame, our success into defeat, our joy into sorrow, our lowliness into elevation. Ask the Lord to help you to put your trust more on God’s sovereign power, wisdom and loving care. When Joseph was first transported to Egypt as a slave, he must have felt like despairing of life, yet he knew that God was with him. (Acts 7:9,10)

We must trust the Lord to send light when it seems darkest. Always learn to look for the silver lining behind every dark cloud. Joseph learned to trust and wait on God until the storms of life past. You may not have a super Doppler radar view of the movement, severity or composition of the storm, but you are in relations with the controller of everything. Trust the Lord to help you see the sunshine through the rain. Be thankful for the privilege of being a part of God’s plans to bring sunshine to the hearts of people around you through Christ and His word.

Remember, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

Blessings,

Pastor Rich

 

 

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