Genesis 39:1-6; 20-23
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”(Matt. 26:39)
“May all things happen according to your will” is a greeting frequently exchanged during Chinese New Year.
As wonderful as that may sound, events turn out best when God’s will plays out and not mine.
Given a choice, Joseph would not have wished to be a slave in Egypt. (Genesis 39:1) But despite his captivity, he “prospered” because “the LORD was with (him)” (v2). The Lord even blessed his master’s home “because of Joseph.” (v5) Joseph would never have chosen to go to prison in Egypt. But he did when falsely accused of sexual assault. However, for the second time we read: “the LORD was with him”(v21) There, he gained the trust of the warden (v22) so that the Lord “gave him success in whatever he did” (v23) His downward spiral into prison turned out to be the start of his rise to the top position in Egypt. Few people would chose to be promoted the way God promoted Joseph. But Joseph’s God blesses, despite, and even through, adverse circumstances. God had a purpose for bringing Joseph to Egypt, and He has a purpose for placing us where we are. Instead of wishing that all things happened according to our will, we could say, as our Saviour did before going to the cross, “Not as I will, but as you will” (Matt 26:39)
PRAYER LINE: Lord, it is far too easy to chase my own desires and passions. Forgive me for my selfish wants and pursuit of self-centered activities. Help me to place You first and to look what You are doing and want to do in my life.
Patiently waiting is often the highest way of doing God’s will.