My life, places, positions and purpose
Life may look simple and complicated. We may never fully understand why things happen in life. God is in control of his created world. He may put us in places, and give us positions to accomplish his purpose. Joseph was sold into slavery, rose to the position of governor, for the purpose of preserving his life and fulfilling God's plan. Why am I in this place and position?
Genesis 45:5-85 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.
The power of encouragement
We cannot escape disappointment, discouragement and problems in this life. They are the realities of life we have to live with. When we face these things, we are comforted by scripture, that God is with us to comfort and help us with our struggles. He comforts us, that we may use the experience to help others in their problems. Let us not look at problems as the evils in our lives, but look at them as temporary unpleasant situations. These situations are brought in our lives to make us better and gain experience to help and encourage others.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Roy Graneau is the full-time preacher for the South Edmonton Church of Christ.