This week’s blog is written by Hannah Struck. Hannah is a long time member of Cherry Hills, having grown up here, and is currently one of the missionaries we support, serving with Cru in Lund, Sweden. Hannah is home right now, but if you would like to learn more about her ministry or contact her, you can go to https://give.cru.org/0746509 or email her at Hannah.email@example.com
The passages for this week deal with several very familiar stories: Job and Joseph. It is easy to “check out” when reading these passages because they are so familiar. Yet, we know that the scripture is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12). This means that there is always something new that the Holy Spirit can reveal to us when we read and meditate on a passage.
s – Much of the passages for this week contain events that would make it seem like things had gone off the rails. Joseph is sold by his brothers, then later ends up in prison. Tamar loses two husbands. Job has lost everything by worldly standards.
o – Joseph’s story is a roller coaster. He goes from the favored son to a slave. He is put in charge of Potiphar’s household only to be put in prison at the hands of Potiphar’s wife. Finally, Pharaoh raises him to a position of authority. It might seem like each time Joseph falls that it is a sidetrack from God’s plan. But in each instance, Joseph is placed in a position that allows God to work through him and restore him to a place of favor.
Ultimately, God uses Joseph to save his family and all of Egypt from famine.
In the same way, Tamar had lost two husbands when they disobeyed God. In a society where women had to fully rely on the provision of men, she was forced to return home to her father’s house. Yet God used her to continue the line of Judah, the line that would eventually lead to the Messiah. In Matthew 1, Tamar is one of just four women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus.
a – God is the author of our story. There is nothing that can derail His plans. There is no force or power in this universe that can prevent God’s good and perfect purposes from being achieved. Even in the times where it feels that everything has gone wrong in our story, God is still there.
We can acknowledge that God’s purposes are good even when we cannot see it, and recognize that God’s story is so much better than any story we could write for ourselves.
p – God, please help me to trust you as the author of my story. Remind me that nothing in this world can prevent you from working in and through me. Forgive me for the moments when I doubt your goodness and power. Thank you for choosing to use me.