As I was reflecting on the daily scriptures the Lord gives me to share, someone mentioned to me that they knew it was spring because of the baby birds.
That is when it was like a puzzle coming together, like the light bulb turning on, the blind seeing once again.
When you are born new you would be like a fresh laid egg. Formless inside and kept in a fragile state of safety. As you grow in the Lord you become more and more the shape you should be, until you finally break free of the shell.
And that is what the Lord put on my heart this morning.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, otherwise they will not come near to you. Psalm 32:8-9
The Lord will show us the way to go if we seek His guidance. We are given a spirit to instruct us and we learn by getting the word of God into our hearts. God will guide us, but He doesn’t want us to be like horses that will only come near you when you have a bridle in their mouth to hold them there. God doesn’t want to force anyone to do anything.
Instead the Lord desires that we reach maturity and get to know His word well enough that we will not only instinctively know which way we should go, but we will see God in everything around us. We will break out of the shell and finally be free of bondage.
Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him. Psalm 32:10
The story of Joseph in Genesis reflects this lovingkindness in an awesome way. Joseph’s brothers were jealous against him and tried to get rid of him. But something I noticed, or rather did not notice, is Joseph getting worried or upset. Joseph did not worry because he trusted the Lord and he knew the Lord was with him.
Joseph had been sold and taken into Egypt. While in bondage, Joseph gave the Pharaoh an interpretation of a dream he had that told the Pharaoh that they were going to have seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. Joseph said the dream was to let the Pharaoh know that God was going to do this and he should use the seven years of plenty to stock up for the seven years of famine.
The Pharaoh listened and appointed Joseph to oversee the stocking and distributing of the food and gave him a place of honor.
Later, when Joseph’s own brothers came before him to see about getting a food distribution, the brothers thought that Joseph would take vengeance on them. But instead Joseph said “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place?”(Genesis 50:10) and instructed them that though they meant evil toward him, God meant it for good, saving countless lives. Joseph then comforted his brothers and provided for them and their children, showing forgiveness.
What an awesome example of the Lord’s love being reflected through a person in this story. Joseph shows us each how we really should be in the Lord. Joseph recognized that God would handle the evil that was done to him by his brothers and shared the Lord’s lovingkindness to them in return.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones; and shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart. Psalm 32:11
And what better reason to rejoice? If you had the opportunity to save thousands of people, wouldn’t you do it and rejoice, knowing that God would use you in such a way? But now the question becomes, if you knew you would go through a time of persecution and rejection, would you still rejoice? Is your relationship with the Lord solid enough to see Him in everything that happens, and that God will, in fact, use the bad that happens to accomplish good?
Joseph trusted the Lord and people were saved. We each need to grow up and mature in the Lord, in the same fashion. We each need to examine ourselves and we need to be honest in who we are. We need to be honest with God.