Studying Providence, Pt 2
Robert McCurley | Greenville Presbyterian Church
"Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him."
hen trouble comes we are tempted to think that God has forgotten us. He never forgets. He keeps faith - that is he keeps His promises, is faithful to His word, even when it appears that we are forsaken.
Joseph suffered one disaster after another. When because of the vicious lie of a rejected woman he was put in prison, the Lord was with him there, keeping faith (But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy..Genesis 39:11). Perhaps Joseph wondered why Almighty God could not have prevented the woman's triumphing over him - or prevented his ever having been victimized by his brothers in the first place and thus being at this woman's mercy. But we are given the complete picture which Joseph did not have while he was in prison - the amazing purpose of God for His chosen people, Jacob and all his family, who because of Joseph's long-drawn-out-sufferings, were saved. God keeps faith - He has a perfect blueprint, and He is building according to His specifications.
~ A Lamp For My Feet by Elisabeth Elliot