Victory In The Face Of Defeat (Part 8)

When we are experiencing pain and suffering, it may be that God is unfolding a plan in your life known only to Him.  Through all of the trials of His people, God is at work.  But many times, the victory follows confusion.  There are many times in the Bible where we can see that just before a major spiritual victory, there was major chaos.

An example of going from what seemed like certain doom to the top of the mountain is Joseph in the Old Testament.  God was working in his life for many, many years, although it seemed he was deserted.  Most of us know the story, but a short synopsis of his life goes like this:  At a very young age, Joseph’s brothers hated him and sold him into slavery, as an alternative to actually killing him (thanks, brothers).  Those traders sold him to Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s guard.  Things didn’t go too badly for Joseph in Potiphar’s house for a time, because he was promoted to oversee the entire household.  But he was falsely accused of attempted rape by Potiphar’s wife and was thrown into prison.  He was in prison, an innocent person, for years before God brought him out and gave him the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream.  Do you think during those years Joseph may have had some confusion?  When he was young, he had dreams that his brothers would all bow down to him, so he had to be very perplexed by this turn of events.  From the time he was a boy until he was almost 30, Joseph was sold into slavery and sent to prison to basically rot, but then suddenly the victory came!  He was not defeated, even though all signs pointed to nothing but despair.  He became second in command only to Pharaoh!

Another example of apparent defeat and confusion followed by glorious victory is that of our own Lord Jesus.  Even though He had let His disciples know that He would rise from the dead (Matthew 26:32, “But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.”), they were still very sorrowful and confused after his death on the cross and did not even believe when Mary Magdalene told them she had seen Him alive.  When everything looked bleak, when it looked like Jesus was nowhere to be found, the Shepherd was right there.

When you have a time of confusion, a time that looks bleak, a time when Christ seems to be nowhere in sight, remember that God is working behind the scenes, and it may be that your most confusing and lowest times in life will be followed by a time of great victory!


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