“The will of God won’t take you where the grace of God can’t keep you.”
This passage leads one to think of challenging times. But is this statement true?
Consider Joseph in the Old Testament. Was it God’s will for him to be hated by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused, and separated from his father for 20 years?
What one person did for evil, God used for good. During those years, it was Joseph’s character rooted in faith that sustained and even exonerate him. Joseph stayed focused on God and doing the right thing in circumstances that were out of his control. His brothers thought it was his coat that made him special but it was the character of his heart. The humble man, Joseph, made himself available and willing for God’s hand to move. God protected him and used him in a mighty way.
God knew the evil coming Joseph’s way. Maybe God gave him the dreams to begin to prepare him for what was to come. The way God’s will works may never be understood in total, but can be understood in small bites. At the end of life a believer can look back and more fully understand how God’s will unfolded over time and individual maturity.
To learn more about Joseph’s journey, check out www.truthforlife.org. Alistair Begg, the minister of Parkside Church in Cleveland, recently shared “Providence, a study on the life of Joseph.” The series is available for download on the Truth For Life website.