A Lot of Mess In Between
20 Jul 2016, by John Meador
God is a great God who can turn our mess into mercy in a moment.
That’s the thought I get when I read Psalm 105 and the narrative of Joseph. You know, the Hebrew guy with the many-colored coat, whose jealous older brothers faked his death, and sold him to into slavery to Egyptian traders. What a life. What a mess.
Psalm 105 sums it up well: “He sent a man before them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave…afflicted his feet with fetters…was laid in irons; Until the time that His word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him. The king sent and released him…set him free…made him lord of his house and ruler over all his possessions. And He cause His people to be very fruitful…” Psalm 105:16-24
From Joseph the rejected to Joseph the rescuer – with a lot of mess in between.
If this was the only story in the Bible of this sort, it’d be an exception. However, instead of being a “one-off”, this is the norm. What life doesn’t have mess? Who among us has a smooth life? No one I know.
Instead, part of God’s redemptive action in our lives takes us through the mess and places us in His supernatural and unimaginable narrative that is being woven before our eyes. If we’ll see it.
If you’re in a mess, wait in faith. One day, you’ll look back and see yourself in a similar storyline to Joseph’s. Not now, but one day.
There’s always a lot of mess in between. And there’s also an incredible God who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above what we can ask or think! That’s the bigger story here – Amazing God.