Sunday, January 31, 2010

God's Blessing

"God bless you."

A very popular way to end a conversation, an email, a letter. It sort of identifies you as a believer and puts a smile in the other person's heart as you end your interaction. In Spanish, the word for "Good bye" is "Adios". Literally "To God", or "May you go with God."
So today I read the following.

2 "The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did"

Really?
2 "The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did"

Let's see. So far, Joseph was sold by his very own brothers into slavery. He goes to a foreign land and is marketed like a big slab of meat. Later in today's story he resists his master's wife's advances and for that he is punished. He is thrown into prison.

He is there for a long time. We know it is longer than 2 years.

So the American idea of  "The Lord was with me, so I succeed in everything I do", is quite different than that. I call it, "bigger and better, bigger and better." Sequentially better paying job, bigger car, bigger house, bigger retirement account, more comfortable lifestyle, more amazing vacations, until we die. THAT is the definition of

2 "The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did."

Ofttimes the Lord's blessing has nothing to do with our comfort or pleasure or financial success.

Ofttimes the Lord's blessing has to do with accomplishing His mission worldwide. God's plan for Joseph involved the saving of the Israelite race and the preserving of the godly lineage over the next generations...

Is God's blessing on your life?

One month vacation in Haiti, anyone?

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