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Refined For Your Calling
Anonymous - March 4, 2016
Devotional

"But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” - Genesis 50:20 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28 Recently on Wednesday nights at church we just finished studying through the book of Genesis. From Adam and Eve, to Noah, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and then to Joseph. For me, this time through Genesis, the story of Joseph really stuck with me. Joseph received a sense of his calling at a young age. He had prophetic dreams that signified how he was to be a leader and a ruler; how he would rule over all of his older brothers, contrary to their cultural, and even his own father being one of the great patriarchs of faith who had spoken directly with God. But as a 17 year old boy, Joseph didn’t have much tact. Rather than keeping the matter to himself, praying through it, waiting for God to fulfill His plan in his life, he told all of his brothers, his father, and mother of his dreams. So, we all know the story of how his brothers envied and hated him, sold him as a slave, and how he ended up in Egypt. There began Josephs refining period. He always worked hard and was a man of integrity, even as a slave. He fled from temptation and refused to sin against God. Yet he was thrown in a pit, sold as a slave, falsely accused, imprisoned, and forgotten. But these were seasons in Josephs life that were building character in him. They were refining him and preparing him for a calling that was greater than he could ever imagine. After 13 years he stood before Pharaoh and interpreted his dreams. He was made the 2nd in command of Egypt. He was given wisdom by God to interpret Pharaohs dreams, and to have a solution for the famine for the sake of saving everyone in the land. He ended up ruling over many and becoming a great leader and example. Through this story the Lord has really taught me not to despise the tough seasons of life. He has reminded me that HE KNOWS. Everything that I go through is for a reason and is to build character in me, to prepare me for His calling on my life. There may be seasons that seem to hard to bear, but it is in those times when God is working in you the most and it’s then that you are learning lessons that cannot be learned in the easy and prosperous seasons. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions