October 18, 2019

Rerun from May 23, 2014

A wonderful woman in my congregation lost her husband unexpectedly years ago. She told me that above the sink at her home she has a plague that says, “Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I together can’t handle.”

This is what she said, “These were just words until my husband died suddenly on March 30, 2006. Since then I know for a fact that they are true.”

Some of you who are reading this devotional are in a very good place. For that I am very thankful. Some who are reading this devotional carry heavy burdens: marriages in trouble, children making self-destructive decisions, health issue, financial concerns, etc…

Some who are reading today’s devotional are going to face unexpected good, others, unexpected pain.

Just know that no matter where you are on the spectrum or what unexpected challenges you face, God is with you and there is nothing you cannot handle.

Do you remember the story of Joseph and the coat of many colors? Joseph was a twerp. His brothers got tired of him being a twerp and sold him into slavery. After some wonderful highs and terrible lows, Joseph becomes the most powerful man in the Kingdom of Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh.

A plague strikes the world and Egypt is able to weather the storm and help others survive. This includes Joseph’s father and brothers. Once the father dies, the brothers are afraid that their little twerp brother will get even with them for all the terrible things that had happened in his life. This is what Joseph tells them: “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do me harm, God intended it for good.” Genesis 50:20

Always remember that God is so powerful, he can take even the worst possible events and bring good out of them. Because of this, we know that we can face whatever life throws at us. God is on our side.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly Father, I don’t know what will happen today. I pray that whatever happens, I lean on you. Help me to remember that you are always here for me. Please use me to be there for others. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins