Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Life is Unfair

He took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king's prisoners were held.  But the Lord was with Joseph there, too.  (Genesis 39:20,21)

   When was the last time you heard yourself saying, Life is Unfair?

   This could have been the cry of Joseph in Genesis 37 and 39.  Being thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused of rape, and put into prison (none of which was his fault) is enough to make a grown man cry - Life is Unfair.  

   Joseph isn't alone when it comes to unfair treatment.  Moses was accused of trying to kill the Israelites with thirst and hunger, Daniel was thrown into the lion's den for praying, a pastor refuses the attentions of a female church member only to be accused of sexual harassment.  Life is full of unfair accusations and circumstances.   How do we maintain a positive attitude in the midst of negative circumstances?

   The key is found in Genesis 39:21 and 23, "The Lord was with Joseph there."  When God is with you, even a prison cell can become a place of blessing.  Joseph found favor with the jailer and peace in his heart because he knew God was with him.

   Praise is the key that unlocks the door of your prison cell.  Write three things that you can praise God for today.

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