Not as Planned
Posted: Tuesday, January 24
Verse of the day:
“But Joseph was upset when he saw that his father placed his right hand on Ephraim’s head. So Joseph lifted it to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. “No, my father,” he said. “This one is the firstborn. Put your right hand on his head.” (Genesis 48:17-18 NLT)
Sometimes things don’t go as you planned. This is one of those special moments that Joseph had probably envisioned and was looking forward to but it didn’t go quite the way he thought it would. Joseph’s father was nearing his death and had arranged a time to bless Joseph’s sons. As the older of the two boys Manasseh was to receive a greater blessing than his brother Ephraim. But that’s not what happened. When it was time for the blessing Joseph’s father blessed Ephraim as being greater than Manasseh.
Thinking this must have been a mistake Joseph tries to correct the situation but his father insisted this was the way it was meant to be. Things had definitely not gone as planned. Not for Joseph and definitely not for Manasseh! No one received the blessing they thought they were going to receive.
We all at some point will experience the pain of not getting what we thought we had coming. We will be overlooked for a promotion, we won’t get the marriage proposal we thought was coming, we won’t receive the compliment we thought we deserved, but someone else will. Things won’t go as we planned. And that stinks!
In those moments we can dwell in the disappointment or we can acknowledge that God is still good and that maybe things worked out the way they were meant to be. Which can be a seriously tough pill to swallow in that moment. Sometimes we will be Manasseh but other times we will be Ephraim and be blessedwhen we least expect it. Either way, God is good and causes “everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)