He Knows what He is doing (Genesis 41-42)

32 And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about. Genesis 41:32

Last week, while we were having our evening meal with some friends, Sherry noticed that our dishwasher was leaking. I immediately got up and got down beside the dishwasher to check it out. One of my friends said, pastor don’t quit your day job. Yes, it is true, there are many things I do not know how to do.

However, when it comes to God, He knows exactly what He is doing because He is God. This truth is illustrated for us in the life of Joseph. At the approximate age of 18 (Genesis 37:25-28) Joseph was sold, by his brothers, into slavery. I am sure Joseph wondered, at the age of 19, what was God doing. God had given Joseph a vision of the future earlier in chapter 37. In that vision God has said that Joseph would be a great leader in the future. The question must have come to Joseph’s heart, how did being a slave fit into God’s plan?

For the next 12 years of Joseph’s life he would live as a slave (Genesis 39-40). Without a doubt you and I often ask God, in difficult times, how can this be in your plan for our lives. Dear friend, allow me to tell you this: God knows what He is doing!!!

Isaiah writes about the all-knowing God in 46:8-10

“Remember this and stand firm,
    recall it to mind, you transgressors,
    remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
    I am God, and there is none like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning
    and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
    and I will accomplish all my purpose

Joseph discovered in Genesis 41 that God works all things out for His glory which is always for our good. When I read the words “after two full years…” I was reminded how wonderful God’s plan really is.

Keep this in mind: On the front end of God’s plan, we are called to walk by faith (II Cor. 5:7) so that we can gain spiritual muscles of faith in God. Usually somewhere in the middle of God’s plan, He teaches us the wonder of waiting patiently on Him (Isa. 40:30-31). By the time you reach the goal (God’s completion of His plan) you are fully aligned with Him (Jer. 29:11-13).

After two full years Joseph stepped in the goal of God’s plan. He gave full glory to God and God gave him the role of saving countless people’s lives. Ultimately it would be through this that the line of the Messiah would continue and then there would be that day in the fulness of time when Jesus would come. Praise be to His name. He knows what He is doing.

  1. Ask God, at what point you are in the journey to reaching the goal of His plan for your life? Be honest.
  2. Ask God to help you to know how to get to the goal.

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