Memorize : And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew him not; Genesis 42:8.
Devotional Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:1-25
Yesterday we discussed the topic “Triumph In Adversity”. Today we will look at “Blessings in DISGUISE”.
There is a common saying by our elders and seasoned veteran preachers that, “God moves in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform”. A close Scripture is – Romans 11:33; O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements, and his ways past finding out!
There are some situations that confront us in life which appear as problems or adversities, unknown to us that they are actually blessings in disguise, that is why we need strength to endure and spiritual discernment so that we can see beyond the natural, endure to triumph and then discover the hidden blessings on disguise.
We remember the story of Joseph; he was 17 years old when God gave him the dreams of his destiny. His brothers plotted against him and lied to their father that a wild animal had killed him, 13 years later, he became Governor of Egypt. Jacob by then had probably forgotten about Joseph.
“Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, why do ye look one upon another? And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die”. Genesis 42:1-2.
History is replete with examples of connections, how “A” unexpectedly led to “B.” Sometimes connections are anticipated, but often they are a surprise. Something we think is insignificant can turn out to have a major positive impact on our life.
There was a famine that forced Jacob’s sons to go from Canaan to Egypt to buy grain. There they were reconciled with Joseph who invited the entire family to move to Egypt where he could keep them safe for the foreseeable future.
So, for four hundred years, Jacob’s family grew into the nation that returned to Canaan, their Promised Land.
“God’s grace is sufficient for us anywhere His providence places us.”
God often uses events that appear to be a problem or adversity, even a famine, to accomplish great spiritual purposes. You must be sensitive to the circumstances in your life, don’t conclude too quickly that the problem will destroy you, be on the lookout for the blessing or opportunity in any difficult situation you are going through, take time and be prayerful over the situation, ask God to open your spiritual eyes and mind, look for spiritual connections between those challenges and where God is taking you.
It is often said that adversity is the mother of invention, where there is no problem, there is no need to find solution, and solutions produce growth and development in homes, organisations and in economies of nations. Many great profitable businesses emerged in response to problems and adversity.
Even at the recent time of COVID-19, the pandemic ended as blessings in disguise for many people, organisations and some nations.
Whatever difficult situation you may be going through, don’t give up or be disappointed. Romans 8:28; “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose”. You may not understand what God is doing, but trust God and believe in his word like the case of Jacob and Joseph, ask God to give you the wisdom, knowledge and understanding you need to see the blessings in that adverse situation so that you can come out stronger and better at the end to the glory of God in Jesus name.
I see things turning around for you, those adverse situations shall turnaround to great blessings in your life, business, family and ministry in Jesus name.
Prayer point: My father and my God, please turn every challenging situation in my life to become blessings in Jesus name.
Key Dose: The battle is not yours, it belongs to God, allow him fight for you.
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
In His Presence Christ Tabernacle