What Only God Can Do

July 29, 2022

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”  (Genesis 50:20)  

 

Can we, as followers of Christ, echo the words of Joseph?  Joseph’s brothers, out of jealousy, threw him into a pit.  Later, they pulled him out and sold him into slavery, then lied to their father claiming Joseph had been torn apart by wild animals.  Joseph ended up in prison for a time.  He was even forgotten by someone who promised to help him.  Yet, through all of these things, God raised him up to prominence, second only to Pharaoh who sat on the throne of Egypt.  In this position, God used him to save the physical lives of untold thousands as famine ravaged Egypt and the surrounding countries.   While God did not cause the evil that happened to Joseph, He certainly knew it would happen, and He did what only He can do. He took what someone else intended as harm and used it all to accomplish something glorious for his purpose! 

 

Extremely difficult things can and will happen to us on our journey of faith. These things can come to us at the hands of our relatives and even our spiritual brothers and sisters.  How do we bear these things?  As hurtful as they are, we remember what God has done in the past.  He has done it before, and He can and will do it again.  We see these examples from the past and trust that he will do the same for us.  He who called us is faithful!

Our teenage, English language learner son recently wrote these words: “Christians can have very difficult things in life.  But always trust what God has planned for your journey and anyone that is close to you.”   This young man has seen many hard things.  These things took him from his homeland in Asia and brought him to us.  A variety of painful occurrences, that the enemy intended for harm, took our family from our home in Alaska and led us to northwest Montana.  Things beyond our control brought us to the new city we now call home.  Here in Billings, we are finding healing, healing that is ongoing.  Amazingly, through all these things, God also led us to an open door to serve people around the world through Vision Beyond Borders!  Only He could do that!

 

Paul, who learned the story of Joseph as a child, could relate.  He wrote the following while under Roman house arrest:  “Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.”  (Philippians 1:12)   

Treasure the words of Joseph and Paul in your hearts and see what only God can do! 

-Charley Pitchford

March 18, 2022

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