As the year draws to an end, just like most of you, I’ve been reviewing the events of the year. I thought I’d share what I have learnt about how to view the positive and negative events in life
So much of what how we feel when we look at our life journey is not really about the particular events that seem to have defined our year. It’s more about the perspective you have. We feel the way we feel because of how we see things. In Genesis 50, we find the story of Joseph who has been through so much good and bad
Here’s a run down:
Bad – those who should love should love and protect him wanted to kill him. Good– God delivered him from death at the hands of His brothers
Good– He gets promoted in his slave-masters house Bad– He gets accused of rape and thrown into jail
Good– he gets favour with the jailers and inmates. Bad– the people he helped left and forgot him
…that’s A LOT to go through in one lifetime!
PS: Whenever you look back at your life, don’t forget the times that God has delivered you.
But he eventually finds himself in the palace here in Genesis 50…not prophesying about his future, but testifying about his past.
Genesis 50:20 – “As for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring about that many people should be kept alive, as they are this day.”
It’s one thing for people to hurt you unintentionally, but it’s another thing for them to hurt you on purpose!
The testimony of Joseph’s life (and by faith I declare that the testimony of your life) is such that the God of the bible is such a pro at taking even that which was meant for evil, and turning it around for good!!
If you think your year has been a hot mess, bring the mess to the feet of Jesus in prayer! It won’t stay a hot mess! He knows how to bring out beauty from ashes!
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for
good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. (Romans 8:28 AMP)
So look at this, everything works together for good to those that Love God and are called according to GOD’S Purpose!
The only way to correctly perceive the events in your life is through the purpose of God. When something good or horrible happens in your life, God works it in such a way that it will be according to His purpose.
Outside of the purpose of God you will inevitably misinterpret the good or bad events of this past year.
This year, if you experienced good, know that it was ultimately for the purpose of God.
If you experienced not so good things, know and trust also that God is so good at using it for good.
“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”
Jeremiah 29:11 AMP
As you look into the new year, expect ONLY good! Even when not so good things happen, we still expect good! Everything that happens to you is being used by God for His purpose. And his purpose is good, acceptable and pleasing.
Praying for you.