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Journey of an Elder Brother Day Three

Joseph cast into pitJoseph was a younger brother, but had the characteristics of an elder brother. He was responsible, industrious, kept out of trouble. What was the driving force of Joseph that enabled him to escape the normal pitfalls of being either a lost younger or a lost elder brother? I think the driving force of Joseph was his confidence in God’s plan for his life. Joseph saw his life, no matter the place or dungeon he was in, as in the PURPOSE of GOD!

In Genesis 50:20 Joseph addresses his elder brothers: “You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good!” Earlier in chapter 45 he revealed his awareness that “God sent me before you to preserve life.” This awareness of God’s divine purpose for our life is what elder and younger brothers need to have. Jospeh God meant it for good

If we focus on ourselves, on our things as the two lost sons did, we fall away from the Father’s heart.

But when we draw near to him, whether in the pigstye or the crop field, we will see that He is accomplishing something Divine, Holy, even Loving. God has a purpose for each path He has us on. Some may resent their parents, some thier spouse, some their job, some their circumstances. God has a purpose through it all. When we focus on His heart and His purpose, we will come to our senses (our God Sense) and willingly accept His grace, His will, His plan.Prodigal God Kisses his neck

What has God planned for your life? Seek to know His heart, and He will run to you and shower you with kisses. Joseph knew this, even in the deepest, darkest dungeon. That is why he could proclaim, “God meant it for good!”

God Wants Our “In Between”

Romans-11-36-God-wants in betweenFor of him, and through him, and unto him, are all things. To him be the glory for ever. Amen. (Rom 11:36)

God is the originator of all spiritual work. His will must govern all beginnings. All is to end with God, so that the ultimate result is that God may be all in all. (Our free will is the barrier to God having His place in our lives, yet even this will not thwart God’s purpose).

Paul presents God as the ORIGINATOR and the CONSUMMATOR, but he also says it is THROUGH Him! In ALL spiritual works, God must be the WORKER too! When we allow God to work, He reveals His POWER, and in His working is His GLORY.

in betweenMost people will agree that the beginning and the end must be of God, but we have a problem with all the “in between” being “THROUGH HIM”.

If God is to have GLORY at the last, we must not be in a position to claim any glory. ALL must “of Him, through Him, and unto Him!” God’s Will governs the beginning, His Glory the end, but His Power must permeate the whole operation between!

If you desire to give Glory to God with your life, you must submit your heart, your soul, your mind and your strength to HIS WILL, HIS DIRECTION, HIS CONTROL! The question of GLORY is settled at the middle, not the end.

Prayer: Father, may I learn to rely upon you in every area of my life, that the Power and Glory would be of Your Work in and through my life.