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Deconstruction Before Reconstruction

Posted: Tuesday, January 19

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Genesis 39:1-41:16
Matthew 12:46-13:23
Psalm 17:1-15
Proverbs 3:33-35 

 

Verse of the day:

The Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. (Genesis 39:21)


It is in life’s low moments that we feel distant from or even angry toward God.  It is even more challenging when it feels like we have hit rock bottom due to circumstances mostly or entirely out of our control.  Perhaps, you are in that season right now.

 

 

While circumstances may be discouraging, it is encouraging to know that we trust a God of restoration.

 

 

Joseph had every reason to feel discouraged.  He was sold by his brothers into slavery, wrongfully accused of making advances toward his master’s wife and thrown into prison for a crime he did not commit.

 

 

Yet, “the LORD was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love” (Genesis 39:21 NIV). 

 

 

God was with Joseph and He is with us at all times as well.

 

 

As a result of Joseph’s character and faithfulness, he won favor with the warden.  Joseph was trusted to handle affairs within the prison during his incarceration.  This shows that we can be useful servants of God and people even during our most trying times.

 

 

Joseph would eventually be released from prison, elevated to great authority over a powerful nation and reunited with his family. 

 

 

When life falls apart, our God is in the business of reconstruction.  Most often, life is far better after we emerge from dark periods if we allow God to manage the rebuilding in His perfect timing.  This was certainly true in the life of Joseph.

 

 

Consider the restoration work of Jesus Christ.  Our sin separates us from a morally pure, holy God.  There is nothing we can do make ourselves worthy of being in His presence.  Jesus paid the price for our sins by living a blameless life, dying on the cross and defeating the grave.  Jesus restored us in the eyes of God.  All He asks is that we turn from our old way of life and put our faith in Christ as our personal savior.