It Takes Skill

Have you read the directions God gave to Moses concerning the tabernacle that he wanted the Isrealites to make?

They are extremely specific and detailed.  This was obviously very important to God.Ex 31

God chose who would work on this project with him by giving them wisdom and knowledge and ability to make everything that he had commanded them to make.

He does the same with us today.  When he asks us to do something, he will give us the knowledge and abilities we need to complete the task.  Maybe not right away.  We may have to hang tough through some struggles – that’s one of the ways he trains us.  

God promises that he will equip us when we step out in faith and follow his lead.  It’s after we step out and after we obey that we will experience his blessings.  We often want to see the blessing first but it just doesn’t work that way.  It’s through our faith and perseverence that God blesses us.

Thank you for your blessings, dear Father!

It Felt Like Years

Two years, in fact!

Joseph interpreted the dream of Pharoah’s cupbearer and all he asked for in return was that the cupbearer remember Joseph when he got out of prison.  Just like the dream, the cupbearer was released from prison and given back his job,

but he forgot about Joseph for 2 years.Gen 41.2

Two years of sitting in prison, waiting to be remembered!  Will it ever happen?  Joseph had already experienced hatred, betrayal and treachery coming at him from all angles and now this!

Throughout Joseph’s story, we continue to hear that God was with him.  We know that God was with him in prison – he helped him interpret the dreams. God has told us that he has a plan and a purpose for everything.  So God must have had 2 more years worth of things to teach Joseph in prison – hence, the delay.

But we don’t like delays.  Patience in the face of diversity is a tough challenge.  We don’t like it.  It feels like God is not answering our prayers. 

It’s the trust factor, again.  It’s knowing that, contrary to my circumstances right now, God has the best planned for me.  He is working things out for me.

Right now……..even if it takes 2 years.