"Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." (John 16:33 NLT)
In the story of Joseph we saw how God used the evil plans of other people to accomplish what he wanted to happen.
We saw Joseph's story resolve in the course of his lifetime, but that isn't always how God chooses to work. (Read John 16:33 again.)
There is no guarantee life will be smooth and easy! What we don't read of Joseph is that he also grew old, became ill, and died.
For a modern day example of a man who lived faithfully for God all of his days, we need look no further than the Rev. Billy Graham. It is estimated that he preached the good news about Jesus to roughly 2.2 billion people! And yet he also grew old, became ill, and died about two months ago at age 99.
The greatest blessing is to be released from this broken world. The greatest healing comes when we are released from these broken bodies.
We have to learn to see things through faith, and it usually takes a lifetime.
Right now we see a mixture of blessings and sufferings. But faith becomes strong as we learn to recognize God's hand in all that happens.
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