When God is with us, God is able to…

1. Reverse our situation; life with no hope becomes full of hope.

Sometimes in our lives, the situations that we face might be difficult or disappoint us. It makes us easily to give up or desperate. The common thing is that when we have planned something in our lives but it does not happen according to our plans or timing. Often, we will blame God, we will complain and we will lose our trust in Him.

The bible story of Joseph (Genesis 40:1-23) has taught us many lessons about centred our hope in God. Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt, but through his hard work and integrity, with God’s hand on him, he had risen to the top spot in Potiphar’s house. But, not long after that, God striped his hope again.  He refused to yield to Potiphar’s wife’s advances; Joseph was unfairly thrown into prison. His hopes were dashed.

Based on Joseph’s stories, it will be very easy for him to get disappointed and blaming God. However, he chose to keep his hopes high and trusting God that He will answer his prayers. Our God is always good and His promises never fail. In the end, Joseph was saved and he was chosen to be the second person in charge of Egypt.

2. Give us shelter and strength. He is never unfaithful, even when circumstances seem otherwise.

Psalm 46:1 Good News Translation (GNT)

“God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble”.

From the bible we know that God’s people have gone through terrible trials. A non-believer might say that God is cruel to allow such things. But they don’t have God’s eternal plan in view. They don’t understand how God lovingly disciplines His people to share His holiness.

In Isaiah 40:31 “…but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”  In every difficulty that we have, often the evil taunts us by saying, “Look at your circumstances and you will see that your God is unfaithful or cruel,” we need to say to our soul, “Hope in God.” None who have hoped in Him have ever been disappointed. Don’t doubt His goodness when He is lovingly purifying your faith through trials.

3. Fulfil His promises in His timing, not ours.

If Joseph had been released at that time, he never would have been appointed as second in the land to Pharaoh. God’s way and timing were clearly best, although Joseph had to take that by faith until years later when he could look back on how God worked it all together for good. Like it or not, there are certain lessons, such as patience and endurance, which we cannot learn except through waiting on God.

We need to remember that sometimes we won’t be able to discern God’s timing until eternity. We’re so quick to judge things by our temporal perspective rather than by His eternal perspective.

Psalm 27:14 Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.

He always provides the best for us, therefore be faithful and always wait patiently in His perfect time.

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