Psalm 105:16(NIV)He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food; 17 and he sent a man before them—Joseph, sold as a slave. 18 They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons, 19 till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true.
Food for thought: Let’s turn this into our language, and it reads, “Iron entered his soul.” Is there not a truth in this? That sorrow and privation, the yoke borne in the youth, the soul’s enforced restraint, are all conducive to an iron tenacity and strength of purpose, and endurance or fortitude, which are the indispensable foundation and framework of a noble character. How are you doing in the area of your Character development? Today’s reading is speaking of Joseph (Genesis 36-50) the son of Jacob and one who was type of Christ! When my character is being developed, it does not feel good most of the time.
Do not fret from suffering; bear it silently, patiently, resignedly; and be sure that it is God’s way of infusing iron into your spiritual life. The world wants iron dukes, iron battalions, iron sinews, and thews of steel. God wants iron saints; and since there is no way of imparting iron to the moral nature but by letting people suffer, The Lord will allow us to suffer at times. The suffering the Lord allows is not designed to strike us down but to strengthen us up for His designed purposes in life! If you are being developed in the area of your character by the Lord, life may hit you but it won’t stop you!
Point to ponder- Are the best years of your life slipping away in enforced pain, and unrealized expectation? Are you beset by opposition, misunderstanding, and scorn, Then take heart; the time is not wasted; God is only putting you through the iron regimen. The iron crown of suffering precedes the golden crown of glory. And iron is entering into your soul to make it strong and brave.
So while the Lord is working things out for us, stand noble and be encouraged people of God. Have a wonderful day!
In His Love,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.