“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” —Philippians 2:9–11
In Genesis 37, Joseph has a dream and is promised glory and power. Before that could be achieved, Joseph became a slave and even a prisoner, in Egypt. In prison, God placed Pharaoh’s cupbearer in Joseph’s life and was eventually, through a series of events, brought to Pharaoh and was put in authority over Egypt. Wow, what a long route to achieve the promise. The same was true, even for God’s own son. Jesus emptied himself and took the form of a servant. He became a prisoner, and was executed. God “highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.”
God’s people can expect similar circumstances. God never promised we would see the blessings without the trials. The trials and rough times may feel like failure. But if we take time to look through God’s Word, we see that the people He uses, suffer before it gets better. Why do we expect not to? If we can learn anything from these examples, it is this: “God meant it for good!” (Genesis 50:20).
I have just found this song by Indelible Grace that fits right in with this:
GOD MOVES IN A MYSTERIOUS WAY
1. God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.
He plants his footsteps on the sea, And rides upon the storm.
2. Ye fearful saints fresh courage take, The clouds you so much dread,
Are big with mercy, and shall break, With blessings on your head.
3. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust him for his grace.
Behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face.
4. His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding every hour.
The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower.
5. Blind unbelief is sure to err, And scan His work in vain.
God is His own interpreter, And He will make it plain.
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