I’M STUCK!!! (PART 4)
“And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand: But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.”
Yesterday in our devotional we spoke about the importance of faith in trying times. Today, we will talk about what happens when one reaches out to God during their trials and don’t receive an answer. We will also give tips on what to do until God does answer.
IV. FINALS ARE DUE
In our text we see that Joseph had been a blessing to many people and all he received in return is worry, doubt, depression and disappointment. All he wanted was to hear from God and it seemed as if all he got was a door slammed in his face. I can almost imagine he felt like God abandoned him in his situation without any hope! Many of us have been, will be or are about to go through a trial. We will see God move in the lives of others and ask Him to help us and it seems like He is silent and of course not there. This seems especially true when we are going through a trial, crisis or difficult time mentally, emotionally, spiritually or physically. Are we taking finals and is God the proctor that watches as we struggle with what He has allowed us to learn? How will your test/final turn out?
All finals or tests initially been with fear! Why? There are a few reasons but mostly because this place is unfamiliar. As we overcome the fear we are faced with the next few steps to not hearing from God during trials.
A. Feelings Of Frustration – As we look at the text we see Joseph uses the gifs that God gave him to interpret dreams for people that are in the same position as he. I can almost imagine Joseph becoming a little frustrated in his mind that these men come from a lot and one is restored while he remain in a prison. How about your life? Have you ever seen someone benefit from something that you helped them with and then they go on to prosper and flourish? All the while you remain stuck in the same place with the same problems. If we are not careful we can blame God for bad things in our life and ever get bitter at him. We will be frustrated because we aren’t getting the same treatment as someone else would. Have you considered that God has something way better for you than what they have.
B. Feeling Of Failure – I can imagine that Joseph may have second guessed himself and his direction in life. Maybe he sat in jail and said to himself “Why God, am I a slave and don’t have the opportunity to become more? Why are these things happening to me? Why isn’t anyone else gong through these things?” Maybe he felt like he would have become more in lie than where he was at that time. Sometimes in our life when God allows us to go through a test we will begin to look at our situation and wonder if we were destined for more and if we are being picked on. This feeling can make us feel like we have failed God and others as well as themselves. We have to remember that God made each of us for a specific task that no other person can accomplish. This is why we feel empty! When we discover the task that God created us for we will ind energy and purpose. If not, we will grope around without direction and feel as if God doesn’t care about us and that He is silent the when we are the ones that aren’t listening.
C. Finding God’s Favor – We all know the end of the story of Joseph! We all know that eventually his faithfulness in the places where he was put allowed him to prosper. God used all of those experiences to allow him to gain God’s & Man’s Favor. In our lives, when we hold on to God and see His way in everything, it won’t be long before we see things the way that He does. We will find His favor and experience a sense of fulfillment that we have never known.
When the teacher is teaching the content in the class it’s very easy to hear the lessons being taught but when the teacher passes out the test, that reassuring vice stops and we are faced with a difficult time try to recall what we should have learned while the lesson was being taught. Too often we become anxious when God tests us in silence making us wish that we were back in the class when the lesson was given. What we fail to realize is that the teacher/God doesn’t give tests that we aren’t ready or even have been prepared or in life. We need to review the textbook daily so that we don’t forget what was taught the previous day. SO when silence comes from God, think Him for trusting you enough to allow you to sit down in the finals room. This means that He knows your GPA (Godly Personal Attention) is high enough and that you have the maturity to pass the test. However, you still have to select the right answers but if you have read the book, they will come to you. So when you’ve competed it, you can say “God I love you and thank you your help.” In tomorrow’s devotional we will talk about the last part of getting yourself un stuck. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.