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Whatever He Did, the LORD Made to Prosper

July 31, 2014

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Whatever  He Did,  the LORD Made  to Prosper

We can all remember  a lot  of ups  and downs  in our lives.     There are times  things go amazingly well  for us  —  and other times  when things  are horribly wrong.

So,  we might ask ourselves  what is our attitude  during all the ups  —  and all the downs.     Do we tend  to “forget”  to thank God  in the times  of great blessings?     Do we lose faith  in the love  and care  of God  when we are suffering  and in fear  regarding our welfare  —  or very life?     The book  of Genesis  spends quite a bit  of time  showing us  an example  of a steadfast faith  in the life  of Joseph.

Joseph was greatly loved by his father Jacob,  whom God renamed Israel.     Israel even gave Joseph  a coat  of many colors,  which made his brothers bitterly jealous.     In their jealousy,  the brothers were going  to kill Joseph,  but ended up  throwing him  into a pit  and selling him  to Midianite traders,  who then sold him  as a slave  to a man named Potiphar,  who was a captain  of the bodyguard  for Pharaoh.     Joseph staunchly maintained his faith  in the LORD  through all these ups  and downs.

The bitter hatred  of his brothers  and being enslaved  had to have been  fearsome downers.     But,  Joseph remained sure  of God’s loving care.     Since he was sure  God was with him  in his slavery,  he worked  his very best  and gained Potiphar’s complete trust.     That had to have been reassuring  to be blessed  with Potiphar’s confidence  in him.

But,  Potiphar’s wife wanted  to have an affair  with Joseph  because he was handsome.     That had to have been  a scary downer.     When Joseph fled  from her,  she grabbed his garment  and concocted a lie  about him trying  to rape her.     Potiphar’s fury  had Joseph thrown  into jail.     What a terrible turn  of events.     But,  Joseph retained his faith  and trust  in the LORD’s ways.

He was so well behaved  and trusted  in jail  that the chief jailer  put Joseph  in charge  of all the other prisoners.    So, Genesis 39:23 records,

The chief jailer did not supervise anything  under Joseph’s charge  because the LORD was  with him;  and whatever he did,  the LORD made  to prosper.

All these ups  and downs  —  along with many more  —  are in chapters 37 through 50  of Genesis.     In all  that history  God is showing us  His faithfulness  in all  of our ups  and downs.     Because God  has proven Himself faithful,  we can trust Him  as Joseph trusted Him.     Because of God’s faithful love,  Proverbs 3:5 encourages us to,

Trust  in the LORD  with all your heart
And do not lean  on your own understanding.

The fact is  that we do not understand  all the things  in our lives.    In spite  of our lack  of understanding,  we should trust  in the LORD  and He will bless us  according to His wisdom  and purpose  for us.

Reassured  of God’s almighty love  and power,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  let Your will  be done.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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