For the most part, the church today is experiencing widespread spiritual famine: shallow sermons, dead hearers, "lively" worship that is not backed up by righteous living.
God has always worked far in advance of every spiritual famine in his church.
In every generation he has moved ahead to prepare a way out for his people!
The 75 members of Jacob's clan would have died in the great worldwide famine (and the promise of Israel would have been destroyed) had God not been working ahead of it all. In fact, some 20 years before the famine hit, God was already setting in motion a plan to save his people from destruction.
God sent Joseph ahead to Egypt! For 20 years God worked on this man—isolating him, trying him, preparing him for a place of authority—because Joseph was to become the life-saver of God's chosen. He kept Joseph from the limelight in order that he might be ready for a coming day of chaos and death!
Beloved, just as surely as God isolated Joseph, he has a Joseph Company today that is hidden from all eyes. These are in the furnace of affliction, prisons of testing, battlegrounds of trials and temptations. They are dying to this world, wanting nothing of its fame, honour, money or pleasure. And they are growing hungry to become more intimate with Christ, to know his heart and his voice.
You may not understand all the mysterious testings, trials and troubles in your life. But if your heart is fully set on following Christ, you can rest assured God has purpose in it all: He wants to bring you into his Joseph Company!Post published in: Faith