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Never Alone

The book of Genesis tells the story of Joseph, a boy sold into slavery by his brothers, tempted repeatedly by the wife of an Egyptian official, and even unjustly imprisoned. His life was difficult, unfair and especially painful as his own siblings abandoned him. Our stories may not be as extreme as Joseph’s, but we’ve probably all felt abandoned at some point. For me, it happened when my husband chose his addiction over our family. He left while I was three months pregnant, and I struggled to figure out how I would raise two boys on my own.

Despite the emotions we feel when abandoned by the ones we love most, we are never truly alone. God promises in Hebrews 13:5 never to leave us or forsake us. We know God never left Joseph in his time of difficulty, and because we know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, we can trust He will not leave us either.

Retelling the story of Joseph’s life in Acts 7:9, Stephen says, “God was with him and rescued him from all his troubles.” As an Israelite living thousands of years after Joseph died, Stephen has the hindsight to see the providence in Joseph’s life. Joseph’s brothers’ betrayal put Joseph in the right place at the right time to save his family’s life, making it possible for his family to grow into a great nation.

God’s presence does not make problems go away. Joseph still went to prison and lived as a slave. I’m still a single mom. But knowing God is with us gives us hope and strength to sustain us through difficult situations. And if we let Him, God will use our pain for something greater than we ever imagined.

Reflect

  • Can you identify a storm you have gone through that you now realize God’s presence in the midst of?
  • Have you ever endured a trial that you thought was pushing you in the wrong direction only later to realize that you ended up exactly where you need to be?

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