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If you could go back in time....

I want to go back….

In English, there is a saying that “hindsight is 20:20.” This means that it is always easier look back (hindsight) and see a situation clearly (20:20 is perfect eyesight).

Sometimes we get so frustrated or disillusioned or hurt or grief-stricken or angry that we think that God obviously didn’t know what He was doing when He allowed certain things to happen in our life.  Pretend that you could change your past.  Pretend you could do things differently, but the rules are that whatever you change means it changes everything.  If someone has hurt you so badly that you wish you had never met that person, ask yourself these questions:

  1. How would my life have been different?
  2. Where would I have lived?
  3. What would I have done?
  4. What in my life now would I not have if I had never met that person?

Bible Reading:  Genesis 37:1-36, 39:1 – 45:11

Click here to read a summary of the life of Joseph.

Questions:

  1. What did Joseph’s father ask him to do?  Genesis 37:14
  2. Because his older brothers were so jealous and hated him, what did they do to Joseph?  Genesis 37:28
  3. When Joseph was a slave in Egypt, what happened to him there?  Genesis 39:2-4
  4. Because of the lies of Potiphar’s wife against Joseph, what did Joseph’s master do?  Genesis 39:20
  5. When Joseph was a prisoner in Egypt, how did God bless him?  Genesis 39:21-23
  6. While in prison for two years, whom did Joseph meet?  Genesis 40:2-4
  7. When the cup bearer returned to serve Pharaoh, what did he remember about Joseph?  Genesis 41:12
  8. Because Joseph was able to interpret the dreams of Pharaoh regarding seven years of plenty and seven years of famine, what did Pharaoh do?  Genesis 41:40
  9. Who came to Egypt in search of grain for food during the famine?  Genesis 42:1-2
  10. Did the brothers recognize Joseph?  Genesis 42:8

Imagine the scene in Genesis 45.  The Bible says, “Joseph was no longer able to control himself in front of his servants, so he ordered them to leave the room. No one else was with him when Joseph told his brothers who he was. He cried with such loud sobs that the Egyptians heard it, and the news was taken to the palace.”  Joseph said to his brothers, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. Now do not be upset or blame yourselves because you sold me here. It was really God who sent me ahead of you to save people’s lives.”  Eventually, all of Joseph’s family moved from Canaan to Egypt where they would have food and Joseph was reunited with his father Jacob.

Considering Joseph’s life, would you have stopped him from leaving his father’s tent that day ~ the day that his brother’s sold him into slavery to Egypt?

In the same way, if you could go back in time, would you change your life to take another path if it meant not having any of the blessings you now enjoy?

What are those blessings?  Name them.  And think about if you did not have them.

Take time to thank God for your circumstances and ask Him to give you strength and courage to allow Him to work in your life for the good of many people.   Your life story is not over yet!

Proverbs 16:9
The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.

Proverbs 19:21
Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.

 

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