Written by Dr. Mark
Genesis 50:20 – “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.”
The main verse of the sermon at church today. This was said by Joseph toward his brothers who, if you aren’t familiar with the story, beat him up and sold him into slavery because they were jealous of him. Through that, he rose to a position of power and eventually they needed him to save them. The quote above was his response to them as they came asking for help.
The speaker today told his own story, and how like Joseph’s, it started out pretty rough. Basically he went through a childhood of abuse. The type of abuse you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Thankfully, he met a boy in high school that showed him love and grace. The first time in his life that he felt like someone liked him, just for being him. This relationship lead him to become a Christian, which changed his life from that point on, and now he’s using his experience to help others.
There’s a few things that can be taken from his story, but the main point he really wanted us all to get was that the experiences of your life, the hurt the world has put on you, the harm that others have caused you, God has intended it for good in your life.
So whatever you’ve gone through, or are currently going through, as hard as it can be, God has a plan to use it for good. This can be applied to health, but goes far beyond that. The series this message closed, was called “See the World” which the main point of the series is to see the world the way God see’s it. That really is the key, to see it from God’s perspective, as impossible as that sounds. But as we get closer to seeing through God’s lens, the purpose of our trials becomes more evident. This will allow healing, and the ability to make an awful story something great.
This week, as we approach the 4th of July, we will be talking more about health from the inside, and how to have a healthy human spirit. The first step in that is realizing that this life isn’t really about us, it is about serving our God, and how we can connect our story to his.
God Bless – Dr. Mark