I know I’m not the only one who needed to hear what was shared in Sunday School or who needed to hear the sermon yesterday morning, but I sure do feel like it was a message straight from God to me. I’m usually jotting down notes that really speak to me during church…that is, if I’m paying attention & even if I’ve only got the bulletin to write on…I just squeeze it in wherever it fits. Anyway, yesterday there were things that God was speaking to me about. I’ll try to organize my scribbles, jottings & scattered notes for you.
In Sunday School we talked about being thankful in our relationships. We read Philippians 1:13-20. Not just feeling thankful, but actually letting the other person know we are genuinely grateful by telling them so. Being thankful for another shows that our relationship with them is important & that we do, in fact, need other people. Prayer is the key to this.
So, what about those difficult relationships? What is there to be thankful for there? There is a purpose in those & there are things to be thankful for. If we can’t show the people in our lives that aren’t difficult that we are thankful, how can we show the difficult ones? I’ll say it again, prayer.
The sermon picked up where Sunday School left off. I love it when that happens! He started the sermon by saying that he’d met a family this week with a husband who has four wives & they all live in the same house. That grabbed my attention right there. We then read the story in Genesis 37. There was a lot of pain in that family. We all have pain, it’s just a matter of what we do with it. It’s our teacher if we allow it. It will grow us & educate us. God takes impossible situations & turns them into good.
Among this families’ pains was favoritism. Favoritism never brings unity, instead it brings pain. Joseph’s family felt the pain of his father’s favoritism for him. Joseph felt the pain of their jealousy…you see, no unity.
You know, it’s really about forgiveness. That’s the answer to healing pain. Joseph made a choice to forgive & go on It doesn’t mean what they did is right, but it does get me out of my own prison. When I work through the pain, don’t ask God “why?”…that just says to God that ‘I think You’re mismanaging my life.’ Ask Him instead, “what are you trying to teach me?” Find out what He’s trying to tell me in order to grow me. The pain will keep coming, but remember it’s God’s plan to grow me…the enemy’s plan to keep me down.