Seeing The Big Picture

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Seeing The Big Picture

…”Everything is against me!” – Genesis 42:36

Eventually, Benjamin along with Jacob’s other sons learned that their brother Joseph was second in command in Egypt. Joseph revealed his identity, and Jacob was reunited with his son whom he had not seen for more than 13 years. He had thought Joseph to be dead.

So often we believe our dreams are dead. There seems to be nothing left in our world to live for. Everything appears to be against us. During these times, God is doing His deepest behind-the-scenes work. During these times, God is performing a deeper work in each of us — a work that cannot be seen.

When clients began leaving my ad agency and it dried up for no apparent reason, it appeared “everything was against me.” I could not see that God was orchestrating a whole new calling on my life. At the moment, it seemed like the worst thing in the world. It seemed that I had been a failure. But God said, “No.” All the years before had been preparation for what God’s ultimate calling would be. One of God’s methods for directing His children’s steps is through drying up resources: a job loss, a career change, or a disaster. In these times we are willing to listen more intently, and to seek God in ways we would not normally do. C.S. Lewis once wrote, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” [C.S.Lewis, The Problem of Pain (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1962), 93.]

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  • Priscilla

    Never ever give up. God is Faithful.

  • Rob Hendrickson

    What u describe happening to U is almost identical to my current situation. I am 62 and working in a job that tears me down everyday and makes me someone I do not want to be. I believe it is Good giving me visions of outreach ministry, but the logistics and money and process are vague and foggy. I have had this for over 2 years. I trust He is in control. I do not want to act to soon, but I do not want to miss doing for Him. Prayers please. Thank you for your counsel today. I found you through you version Bible. God Bless.

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