1. There is only one way to go and that is UP

I am so excited to start with our new series on the life of Joseph. God placed Joseph specifically on my heart and I truly believe that it is because He wants to teach us many lessons, especially now as we have all experienced so much loss on different levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of us lost our health, others lost loved ones, and others lost a whole lot financially, whilst others lost so much time with loved ones as well as doing what they loved to do. All of us lost something along the way, even if it was just our freedom to be able to do things when we want to do them and where we want to do them.

Joseph lost a whole lot too during his lifetime. He lost his freedom, he lost his family, his homeland, in fact everything he held dear and on a material level he just had the clothes on his back. And later on he was even thrown in jail for something that he didn't do. He literally had nothing left and nowhere to go. I don't know about you, but I don't know anyone who has literally lost everything. Everyone has lost something, but no one has lost as much as Joseph. And as you all know, once he hit rock bottom, there was only way to go and that was UP. We will go through all the details in the coming weeks, but for now I would like to start this series by motivating you that God is by your side through all of this.

God never ever left Joseph's side. However I can just imagine his emotions throughout his lifetime. He must have wondered how God can allow his brothers to sell him as a slave. He must have wondered on the road to Egypt if he will ever survive this. He must have wondered where God was when he was falsely accused by Potiphar's wife and sent to prison for something he didn't do. He must have wondered where God was when he stayed in prison for years, and the people that he helped in prison forgot all about him. He must have been at a very low point there in prison. Far away from everything and everyone he loved with no future and no way of getting out. BUT GOD! God never left his side and in the end in hindsight everything worked out just as it should. Joseph learned lessons that he would never have learned in other ways and he was placed in a position where he could be exalted in a moment's notice. He was given a position of influence where he could influence a whole nation. God had a plan and He was with Joseph every step of the way.

Today God also has a plan for us. He has a future and a hope for every one of us. He has led us through this pandemic and has taught us so many things. I will expand in future weeks on a couple of things that I have learned. But God has been patient and kind. And I truly believe that He is going to use all these things that we have learned for our benefit in future. And not only our benefit, He is going to use us to help others going through the same struggles. I know that our loss and our pain will become our victory. He is going to use it in mighty ways.

In any job interview you can be sure that work experience counts a lot. People with experience in certain areas, plus the qualification, will most certainly have a great chance of getting the job.  We all have the qualification as children of God, and we are all busy getting experience in many areas of our lives. And soon, we are going to be unleashed in our specific jobs where we will make a huge difference in many people's lives. I look forward to it, don't you?

Yes, we have lost much, but we have gained experience and if we learn from that and move on, God will use it for our good. I can't wait to see how He works it all for our benefit and for the greater good of all.

Father thank you that our lives are in Your hands. Even what we have lost, You will count it as gain for us and use it to bring glory to Your Kingdom and Your Name. Hallelujah, what a wonderful God we serve. Use us for Your glory! Amen

2 comments for “1. There is only one way to go and that is UP”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Wednesday, 01 September 2021 at 3:05:14 PM

    I am also excited to hear what God has revealed to you about Joseph's life!

  2. Gravatar of MariMari
    Posted Saturday, 04 September 2021 at 7:40:58 PM

    Ja ek is ook opgewonde om saam met jou weer di lewe van Josef te lees. Dankie

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