A Big "But"
Genesis 50:20 (NKJV)
20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; butGod meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, tosave many people alive.
In 1992 there was a popular hip-hop song by an artist whowas overly enamored with posteriors. The music video had oversized rear-endsand even showed the artist dancing on top of one.
As extreme as the video was, there is something to be saidabout great, tremendous, and outrageous occurrences.
I am talking about the moments that impede progress andforce you to find a different or better way.
I am talking about the big “BUTS”.
Have you ever been at church, a concert, a game, or even amovie - and just when you were ready to enjoy your purpose for being there,someone walked in front of you and blocked EVERYTHING! Maybe you have beentraveling along the road and some oversized vehicle abruptly got in front ofyou without a turn signal or at least a gesture out of their window.
The moment, as annoying as it was, forced you to react andcreate a different or better way of achieving your purpose.
Joseph was the favorite boy and of course that title camewith its fair share of hate. He had several moments that stopped him in histracks. His brothers sold him into slavery. The wife of his employer accusedhim of making advances toward her. Then, the two people he befriended in prisonforgot about him when they got out. Could it get any worse?
My favorite part of the story is our selected passage,Genesis 50:20. Despite everything that he had been through and regardless ofthe negativity - God had a greater plan.
If you look back at some of the hard days and then take amoment to notice the upside, you will undoubtedly see that God brought youthrough every time.
The next time you are halted because of what feels like morehate than you can handle – remember God has a BIG BUT coming and you can danceon it, sing about it, and rejoice knowing that He will turn that test into yourtestimony. Take the problem and trust God! There will be lives changed becauseof your experience.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in risingevery time we fall – Vern McLellan