Southeast Weekend Services :: February 2-3
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Genesis 37:1-4 NIV
Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. This is the account of Jacob's family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
Genesis 37:12-13 NIV
Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem, and Israel said to Joseph, "As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them." "Very well," he replied.
Genesis 37:19-20 NIV
"Here comes that dreamer!" they said to each other. "Come now, let's kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we'll see what comes of his dreams."
Genesis 37:36 NIV
Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials, the captain of the guard.
What would a person do, in exactly your circumstances, if they were absolutely confident that God was with them?*
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The events of Joseph’s life can cause us to wonder: would God allow these events to happen to someone he loves?
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1 Peter 4:12-13 MSG
Friends, when life gets really difficult, don't jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.
1 Peter 4:19 MSG
So if you find life difficult because you're doing what God said, take it in stride. Trust him. He knows what he's doing, and he'll keep on doing it.
Here are some resources that were helpful in planning today’s service:
*Credit goes to Andy Stanley for providing this excellent question in the context of Joseph’s story.
We would love to pray with you about your concern! You’ll have an opportunity to pray with someone during this service, or immediately after in our Prayer Room (outside and to the right of the Worship Center), or by writing your request here.