But God was with him
'But God was with him.'
God is not one for breaking promises. He has said, "I will never leave thee or forsake you." He will not go back on His word.
When we have backslidden and
eventually come to a realisation of our position, the gulf between ourselves and
God may seem insurmountable. In fact the last place where we would want to go
with our burden of guilt is to our Holy God! But to whom else can we go?
Repentance is turning from our sin and corruption unto God.
But thankfully my Teacher has not given up on me.
I often wonder how Joseph felt when betrayed by his brethren when being the unjust subject of sleaze and false allegations and being forgotten by his fellow prisoners who had promised to speak on his behalf when released.
Joseph suffered much yet we
never hear of him murmuring against God. He sought to honour his God in whatever
situation he found himself. I am sure that many a day and many a long night
Joseph spent in that dungeon wondering where his God was. In his mind he must
Joseph's greatest test however
was to keep believing the Word of God. When things were at there darkest, still
he had faith to cling on, hoping against hope.
Believing when there is no outward evidence to encourage us in any way. Trusting, trusting, trusting in God's word alone. ("Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to thy cross (thy word) I cling"). This can be so difficult. The endless waiting, endlessly looking for something, anything, that could bring hope of better days to come.
We may plan many ways of escape from such trials, however if we do so in our own strength we will find that the storms rage, and the ties that bind only become even tighter.
It is best to leave our situation with God believing that He is with us. Let us have ears to hear this word from God today: "As I was with Moses, so I will be with YOU!"
His method and the timing of our deliverance will be absolutely perfect. Perhaps it will be in a way we had not even thought of and at a time when we least expected.
Joseph was taken from the prison and to the palace in the same day. And God will have some good thing planned and prepared for us. Let Him take over the reins of our life and allow Him to work out our deliverance.
No matter what we may be going
through today. Be sure of this one thing. God is with us. "If God be for us,
then who can be against us?" When faith lays hold on the truth that God is with
us, then we can do all things.