Zigs and Zags
15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died, 17 ‘Say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. (Genesis 50:15-21 ESV)
When life’s road develops potholes, you may ask, “Am I really in God’s will?” Sometimes the Lord will lead you on what appears to be the wrong path, like Joseph suffering in slavery, the Israelites wandering in the wilderness, Daniel spending the night with hungry lions, or Paul sitting in prison.
“But I will trust in you (Psalm 55:23).”
All these people were in the Lord’s will. At times, they must have looked at their circumstances and wondered if they zigged when they should have zagged. God’s way is best for you, but your comfort is secondary. He doesn’t promise that you will never have problems, but he does declare that He will deliver you from them all (Psalm 34:19). He doesn’t promise you a superhighway. It may be a mountain trail full of twists, turns and bumps.
Could the problems you’ve been blaming yourself or others for actually be a part of God’s plan? Or, could our present-day circumstances in this world actually be a part of God’s plan? If you’re not sure, and we can never be sure, commit them to God and trust that He will work even these things out for your benefit (Romans 8:28). And pray specifically that the Lord will use the recent catastrophes for the good of the nation. I know that is difficult for us to fathom. Intercede that His people will respond to those in need in ways that will honor Him, and that our Nation will turn to Him in revival.