Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, ‘Behold, we are your servants.’ Joseph said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 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 50:18-21 NKJV
…‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. –1 Peter 5:5b-6 NKJV
When God puts His hand upon you it is the highest honor you can receive, and a sure sign that incredible things are ahead. However, if the life of Joseph (and many other biblical characters) is any indicator, things could get worse before they get better! You must learn how to always keep your eye on the bigger picture when walking out the purpose God has for your life.
Almost everyone knows the end of Joseph’s story. It is the ultimate “rags to riches” tale of how he rose above all the adversity he faced on his journey from the pit his cruel brothers cast him in, to Pharaoh’s palace. Too often, though, we fail to look at the points along the way, which God used to make Joseph “the man” in Egypt.
For the next couple of days, I want to remind you of the Five Pressure Points you will feel when the Hand of God is heavy upon your life by examining the life of Joseph. If you can recognize these “threshold moments” and work through them with the help of the Holy Spirit, you too will be exalted by God in your “due season”…regardless of which hour in history you live.
This excerpt was taken from Everyday Preparation For Jesus’ Return by Rocky Veach.