Genesis 40: 14 (NLT) And please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh, so he might let me out of this place. 15 For I was kidnapped from my homeland, the land of the Hebrews, and now I’m here in prison, but I did nothing to deserve it.”
Often as you go through times of being developed by the Lord, it is painful.
I sincerely believe Joseph’s trial of waiting broke his heart. Listen to his desperate plea to the cupbearer after Joseph revealed to him that he would be restored and released from prison.
“But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house, I’ve done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon” (Genesis 40:14-15).
Some might ask where Joseph’s faith was. He was so close to God that he could interpret dreams and mysteries.
God spoke to him, so why didn’t he just rest and trust in God to get him out? Why such a painful plea to the cupbearer to talk to Pharaoh?
He was being refined by the Word! You can read it, pray it, preach it, but until it is tested in you, it will not produce life.
Some of you reading today’s message are being severely tried by the Word right now.
Always remember the Lord’s promises will cause you to prevail at the right time.
You have seen God answer many prayers, but right now you are looking at a longstanding unanswered prayer.
Your crying, your shouting, your uplifted hands, your travail all seem to go unheard with no evidence of an answer anywhere.
Always keep in your heart of hearts if the Lord promised me, I will prevail, it doesn’t matter how many days I’ll have to wait.
Let me tell you what it is going to take to overcome these types of days or seasons. We must stand on every promise and pray in faith, effectually, fervently, without doubt, and then wait in confidence.
Trusting the Lord to do what is right, in the Lord’s time and His way. Few Christians today wait with patience for God to work in Divine timing.
The more it is delayed, the angrier some get. Some finally give up, thinking God doesn’t answer. Today’s message is to remind you, don’t give up on God now.
Say with Habakkuk, “I might rest (wait quietly) in the day of trouble. Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, and the fields shall yield no meat, and there be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make me walk upon mine high places” (Habakkuk 3:16-19).
Point to ponder
I just want to encourage someone today who like me, is waiting on God to bring you to the place Purposed for your life.
Join me in believing God even as today’s passage goes forth, “It’s God’s timing” that brings the results we need for life’s journey, and there are times we will literally experience out hearts being broken while waiting on the Lord for ultimate Victory.
But the Lord will cause you to prevail, even as did for Joseph. Have an incredible day family of God!
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