Genesis Series 2016: This piece originally appeared in the He Reads Truth Genesis Series. Along with many of their reading plans you can find it here in full.
You know that moment when you’re binge-watching a show on Netflix, and you jump ahead in the descriptions a few episodes to find out what’s going to happen? (Don’t act like you don’t do this too.) With really suspenseful shows, I find it reassuring to jump forward a little bit so I have the big picture in mind as I’m watching.
We’re so used to being able to scrub ahead that we rarely encounter a story in real time. Even when we’re reading a book we love, we have the ability to flip ahead a few pages, or catch the synopsis from the back cover.
Honestly, it’s a little unfair that we are able to read the story of Joseph with the end in mind. At the time he was thrown into the pit and sold into slavery, he had no clue what was going to happen to him. It’s true that God always makes good on His promises, but Joseph waited for a long time and he wasn’t able to flip ahead a few pages to see how things were going to pan out. What’s so amazing is that Joseph remained faithful to God and steadfast in his convictions in the midst of such difficult times.
Our spiritual walk often looks like Joseph’s journey. We receive moments of inspiration from God, maybe even a deep sense of calling. We have these great expectations, but then we end up in a pit. Plans derail and processes fail. It’s difficult to maintain hope in these moments...
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