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Rubel Shelly once said that Joseph was the Forrest Gump of the Old Testament. I’m still not sure if I agree with that characterization, but I have to admit that Joseph certainly knew how to “roll with the punches.” I don’t know if Joseph’s intellect was childlike, as was Forrest Gump’s. However, Joseph had a childlike faith in God that trusted in spite of terrible circumstances.
The Chinese proverb I used this morning was one I’d heard 30 years ago. It stuck with me all these years. A simple story with a deep meaning. How often the things we think are good turn out to be bad and visa-versa? But good or bad God has promised to use the events of our lives to accomplish his purposes . . . . if we have faith. Sometimes, like Joseph, we are allowed to see and understand what God has done. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20). Often, however, we never fully understand what God is up too. Consider this quote from a New Testament letter, “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth” (Hebrews 11:13).
Our job is not to accomplish great things for God (as if we could actually do that). Our job is to live by faith: Believing God’s promises, Trusting God’s provisions, Obeying God’s commands. That kind of faith unites our lower story with God’s upper story.