This morning I read the rest of Colossians, but my mind kept going to a bible study I attended last night. Yes, I'm still talking about "The Patriarchs" Beth Moore study. We are almost to the end of the study and are currently discussing the life of Joseph in Genesis 45. Do you remember the story? Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and ended up a slave and an eventual ruler in Egypt. 20 years after his brothers sold him, they found themselves at Joseph's front door in Egypt because he was their only hope for survival through the famine. If that isn't a picture of God's sovereignty, I don't know what is.
In the study guide for lesson 9, Beth Moore states the following: "Joseph framed the entire picture in the sovereignty of God. It was their only hope of healing". Let's take a look at what Joseph said in the "reveal" to his brothers that he was indeed Joseph:
Genesis 45:4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. 5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. 6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
When we can calm ourselves in the midst of our circumstances and realize that God is in control (Ro 8:28) no matter what is going on, then we can have true healing. It takes some work to get there, I know. Joseph is the ultimate example of a person with true forgiveness.
Another reason that I couldn't get God's sovereignty out of my mind is that I've been reading "I Saw the Light", a new book by Anne Graham Lotz. In Chapter 3, she discusses the significance of knowing that God is still on the throne as she examines Isaiah 6:1.
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filling the temple. (Is 6:1)
No matter what, God is still on the throne. The apostle John also saw Jesus on the throne as mentioned in Revelation 4. I'm going to leave you with some questions/thoughts from Anne's book, Chapter 3, p. 83. Remember always, that Jesus is on the throne and He isn't going anywhere.
Have your tears blinded you to the vision of the power of Christ that He wants to give you this very moment? Are you like Mary Magdalene early on that Sunday morning following the crucifixion of Jesus? As she peered into the empty recesses of the tomb, Mary was heartbroken and grief-stricken as she concluded that, not only had Jesus been crucified and buried, but His grave had been robbed and His body stolen. Then "she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
Jesus was alive and present in Mary's life, yet she didn't know it! She must have been blinded by her tears of grief and confusion and helplessness and hopeless despair! The most dramatic evidence of God's power that has ever been displayed in human history was standing by her, and she was blinded to Him!
Could it be that Jesus is waiting patiently in your life to give you evidence of His power that hoas not been diluted or depleted since that first Easter morning? Are you so focused on whatever your situation is, which looks so radically different from what you had imagined, that you can't see Him? Have your tears blinded you to Him? Are you so focused on your own pain or grief or confusion or helplessness or hopelessness that you are missing out on the greatest blessing you will ever receive? Could it be, at this very moment in your life, that Jesus is right there with you?
When Isaiah looked up, perhaps through eyes that were also swimming with tears, he saw the Lord, not only seated on a throne, but "high" (6:1).