“And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.”
The tale of two lives are found within a few chapters. The first person is Jacob who said, “…all these things are against me.” Jacob’s life was certainly not an easy life, but to say that everything was against him is a stretch at the least. Jacob may have thought that he lost Joseph and that he was about to lose another son, but he still had ten sons left who loved him. Jacob still had cattle and wealth, and though he did not have the food to feed the cattle because of the famine, God had provided for him, his family, and cattle to this point. Moreover, most of Jacob’s problems in his life were self-inflicted problems. He had no right to blame God for the problems he inflicted on himself. Yet, in spite of those self-inflicted problems, God still helped him out of every one of those situations.
Joseph is the second person that we find in Genesis. Joseph’s problems were not like his dad’s in that his problems were not self-inflicted, but they were inflicted upon him from those closest to him. If anyone had a right to say that everything was against him, Joseph had that right. He obeyed his father, and it resulted in him being sold into slavery. He obeyed God, and it resulted in him being thrown into prison. Yet, his outlook on his life was so different from his father’s outlook. Joseph said in Genesis 45:7, “And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” Joseph saw that God had a purpose for everything he endured. He said in Genesis 45:5, “…for God did send me before you to preserve life.”
My friend, to say that everything in your life is against you is not true. The only reason you think that everything is against you is because you are looking at the temporal instead of seeing things through the eyes of God. When you live your life for immediate satisfaction, you will fail to see God’s future benefits of your present hardships. When you say that everything is against you, you are saying that there is nothing good going on in your life. Let me stop you right now and remind you that you have far more than most people. Let me remind you that there are others who are going through worse things than you are, and yet they don’t complain about everything being against them. The only reason you feel that everything is against you is because you are so self-focused on yourself and your situation that you fail to see how your situation can be a blessing to others.
If you are going to see things like Joseph did, you are going to have to accept God’s path for your life. God knew the path of Joseph’s life before he endured one trial, and He knows the path of your life that you are going through in the present. The best thing you can do while you walk the pathway of trials is to realize that God has sent you down this path to help others as they walk along the same pathway.
How you look at your trials in life determines how God can use them to help others. Let me encourage you to stop looking at life’s hardships as if everything is against you, and instead look at them as God’s anointing on your life to help preserve others who walk along the same path. Remember that trials are sent your way so you can preserve life.