The Wilderness

Last week, in the kids club, the theme was The Wild West with the focus being on wilderness times. We all have rough seasons of life, times when we feel abandoned by God.

In particular we looked at the account of Joseph.

A young man who was his father’s favourite and who knew it. Sold into slavery by his own flesh and blood, by his brothers who were tiring of his tell-tattling and his dreams and were jealous that their father loved Joseph the most.

I think too many of us, when we hit hard times, we are too quick to lose hope, yet here we can see that God still has his hand on Joseph. Firstly, he is bought by Potiphar, so that, instead of hard labour under the hot Egyptian sun, he serves as a house slave.

“The LORD was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did” (Gen. 39:4)

Due to this, Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his entire household. This brought him to the attention of Potiphar’s wife and she tried to make him sleep with her, but when he wouldn’t, she claimed he tried to rape her and he ends up in prison.

Once again, he is wrongly treated.

Yet, God is still with him.

“But the LORD was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the LORD made Joseph a favourite with the prison warden.” (Gen. 39:21)

God had a plan for Joseph, just as He does for you, and He won’t leave you on your own. Eventually He’ll raise you up again, in His perfect timing, just as eventually He raised Joseph to second in charge in all of Egypt!

Philippians 1:6 says ” And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” So you see, as long as we remain faithful to God, His hand will surely remain on us.

The Christian faith is not a sudden transformation, it is a gradual process where God continually points out to us how we can become more and more like Jesus each day.

I’ll just finish with a song from one of my favourite films xD

God bless you :) xxx

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