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God can use Chaos for Good

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Today’s Bible Reading: January 21

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Genesis 49-50

Matthew 15:1-20

God can use Chaos for Good

Who created the chaos?

A surgeon, an engineer, and a politician were debating which of their professions was the oldest. The surgeon said, “Eve was made from Adam’s rib, and that, of course, was a surgical procedure. Obviously, surgery is the oldest profession.” The engineer countered with, “Yes, but before that, order was created out of chaos, and that most certainly was an engineering job.” The politician smiled and said triumphantly, “Aha! And just who do you think created the chaos?”

Certainly over the last few years there has been political chaos in this nation! Add COVID on top, and most of us have chaos in our lives! But we are not alone in our chaos – Joseph’s entire life was a picture of chaos and it was not of his own making. But Joseph’s story is important for us today because we find that God is always in the middle of the chaos and He is working all things out for our good.

Joseph’s life was chaos

Joseph’s brothers sure did create chaos for Joseph! They threw him in a pit – a dried up water hole used for watering sheep. Then they sold him as a slave. Placed on an auction block, the favored son of Jacob was inspected like a animal, bartered over, and sold to the captain of Pharaoh’s guard. However, the Bible tells us, “But the Lord was with Joseph” and everything Joseph did God caused him to prosper so that Potiphar made Joseph over his entire household.

But chaos wasn’t finished in Joseph’s life. Potiphar’s wife takes a “liking” to Joseph and when Joseph refuses her invitation and flees he leaves behind his cloak which she then uses it to falsely cry “Rape” and the cloak becomes her “proof” to her claim. Joseph is then thrown into prison. Again, the Bible tells us that God was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. (Genesis 39: 21-22).

Joseph was never alone in the chaos

No matter what chaos the people in Joseph’s life created, Joseph was never alone. Our Omnipresent God was working behind every human evil intent to bring about a plan to save many people from an extensive famine. God gives Pharaoh two dreams that trouble him and no one in the land of Egypt was able to interpret the dreams. However, from the prison days, Joseph had interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh’s cup bearer and baker. The Butler remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh about the man that had interpreted his dream. Pharaoh summons Joseph and Joseph provides the meaning of Pharaoh’s dream while also giving him a game plan for preparing for the famine that God was warning Pharaoh would come. As a result, Pharaoh places Joseph  2nd in command of all of Egypt with only Pharaoh in more power than Joseph.

Joseph recognized God’s plan in the chaos

When the famine is severe, Jacob (Joseph’s father) sends his sons off to Egypt to buy grain so they don’t starve to death. Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. He accuses them of being spies and begins testing them. He gives them grain and sends them home but tells them they can’t have more grain if they do not return with the youngest brother (Benjamin – Joseph’s only full-blooded brother). Eventually, when the brother’s return for more grain, Joseph reveals who he is and the brothers become afraid that Joseph will seek revenge. However, Joseph reveals his wisdom and shows that he recognizes how God has been at work in his life all along.

Chaos can put us where God can use us

If it were not for the pit, sold as a slave, accused of rape, and thrown in prison, Joseph would not have been placed in a position to save not only his own family of thousands of people from the famine. God used each of these adversities that brought chaos to Joseph’s life so that Joseph would be in the position God needed him. If anyone had the right to sit in corner and have a pity-party – it would be Joseph. Instead, Joseph recognized God at work in his life. He recognized that God made him prosper even in the chaos.

In fact, when you look through the Bible, you will find God recruited from the pit more often than from the palace. God found Gideon in a hole, Joseph in a prison, Daniel in a lion’s den, and David on a shepherd’s hill. Andrew, Peter, James and John (four of the 12 disciples of Jesus) were found in a dirty fishing boat. What pit is God calling you from today?

When chaos comes knocking at your door, do you run and hide from it or look to see where God is at work? Joseph told his brothers that what they had intended as evil against him, God meant for good. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Trust God in the chaos and look for where He is at work to make the chaos work together for good.

Chaos prompts us to pray

Yes, we’ve seen plenty of chaos lately – and it can be scary. But like Joseph, we are never in the chaos alone. We can know that God is at work and His perfect plan is being worked out. Through the chaos, God is growing our faith as we turn to Him and learn to trust Him. Whenever there is chaos, it should prompt us to fall on our knees in prayer, to seek God’s face and determine how He can use us in the middle of the chaos to bring revival to our nation. How does God want to use you in the chaos?

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