Today's Manna

February 3, 2017
It Was Not You Who Sent Me Here, But God
by Huan Huang
Scripture Reading: Genesis 45

In Genesis 45, Joseph made himself known to his brothers who sold him as a slave to Egypt. Instead of being angry and seeking revenge, Joseph forgave them, showed them love, affection, and even undeserved favor. What made him have so much love for people who did him so much wrong?

In verse 7-8 Joseph said to his brothers, “And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.”

Joseph saw God's hand in bringing him to Egypt. He realized God was using all the circumstances to prepare him to become a leader in Egypt, and in turn to save his family in the midst of this great famine. He saw himself as a partaker in God’s great plan.

Like Joseph, we all can be partakers in God’s plan, no matter where we are in life, no matter what others did to us. Some of us may be going through a trial right now, or find ourselves in a place we don’t want to be or don’t understand; some of us may feel like like we are in a pit, hated, abandoned and hurt; some of us may feel like we are in a prison, locked up, isolated, and forgotten.

No matter what the situations are, God is with us, just like He was with Joseph, if we will seek Him. God will bless us with peace and joy, just like He blessed Joseph, if we put our focus and trust in Him. God will guide us through the trials, just like He guided Joseph, if we follow Him. God will use us in His great plan, just like He used Joseph, if we remain obedient to Him.

Can you see God's hand at work in your life today? Can you feel His presence, blessings, and guidance? Are you willing to be used by Him in His great plan right where you are? Will you forgive the people who did you wrong, look your problems and obstacles in the “eye,” and say, “It was not you who sent me here, but God”?

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