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Being Perfectly Placed
11/24/2014

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself in a specific place or time where you may have initially thought to yourself, I don’t want to be here — perhaps you found yourself in the presence of two people feuding, or being a witness to someone’s improper or illegal actions, or just about any number of situations.  Perhaps in hindsight, you realize that you were in fact supposed to be there, as you can clearly see God’s hand and plan in it.  I know I have found this to be true many times in my life.

As I read the Bible I can see so many situations where others have encountered this same thing.   Joseph is someone who comes to mind for sure.  Taken by his brothers and thrown into a pit, only to be taken back out and given to a passing caravan of people, only to be sold again into slavery.  I am sure Joseph thought to himself, I am at the wrong place at the wrong time, but this was not true, because we can clearly see in Scripture that God had perfectly placed Joseph there to use him mightily.  We can read this amazing story and see clearly how God had a perfect plan for every situation Joseph encountered (Gen. Ch. 37-50). 

Another person who comes to mind was Esther.  Esther was a young Jewish woman who while in exile became the Queen of Persia and ended up being used by God to save the Jewish people from being exterminated.  Again we can see the profound interplay between God’s sovereignty and human will (see the book of Esther).

Point being, there will be times where we will find ourselves in situations we don’t want to be in.  Some because of our choices while others are not — either way God has a perfect plan for us as well, and we can be confident He will work all things together for good if we submit to His plan and will.  

Q:         How should this impact us as Christian men and women?

First of all it should take away any fear, worry, or anxiety we may be tempted to feel when we find ourselves facing challenging situations or tough times.  We can know with total conviction, God is on the throne and He is in control.  We can walk in faith — doing what we know to be right, even when we are tempted to take an easier path. 

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

It may be as simple as our speaking God’s truth in love the next time we are confronted with the enemy’s lie from another person in a conversation.   It may entail stopping our busy day to take the time to go encourage and pray for someone who is fighting depression.  It may mean we confront a brother or sister in the Lord who is in sin after we have witnessed their offense.  It may entail bringing some food over to someone who is suffering from an illness or injury. 

The truth is it can mean any number of things, but they will all have the common denominator of our being willing to do what we know our Lord would want us to do — what the Holy Spirit leads us to do.  Each situation will be perfectly placed in the sovereignty of God, and we can have full confidence in His guidance and wisdom as we seek His will. 

I want to encourage you today to remember these biblical stories of those who were used mightily by God. Hey maybe you’ve found yourself changing jobs, positions, or even the place where you live and you’re struggling to see God’s plan for you at this moment. Remember God is in control — He may be allowing you to be exactly where you are so you can help others when the need arises. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional what can we learn about God’s sovereignty and our actions?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Will you allow God to use you in every situation as the Holy Spirit leads?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Don’t fret when you find yourself in an uncomfortable place, just trust in God and do what you know to be right.

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for giving us these great testimonies of Joseph and Esther.  Thank You for teaching me how You will work all things for good for those who love You and who have been called according to Your purpose.  Use me today as You see fit Lord.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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