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The Promise of Hope (Romans 28:8)Bruce Whitehead, April 8, 2020
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Wednesday service
In an uncertain world, there is a certain God. It is important to anchor in God to find our peace. All things good or bad work together for good for those he has called. He allows things to happen to prove His ability. We didn’t know this was going to happen but God did. There are many examples in the word of God that show how things work together for good to those called according to His purpose. Joseph was a favored child who was sold into slavery, went to prison even when he tried to do the right thing and yet still found himself in a bad position. In prison, he couldn’t see how God’s hand was at work. It was two years before the butler remembered him and Pharaoh had a dream and then the butler remembered Joseph who was in prison. The entire time, Joseph was in the jail wondering why he was in the position he was in. The same God that brought Joseph through his situation will bring God’s children through this as well. Pharaoh asked Joseph to interpret the dream and Joseph told him it was God who would share the vision. Joseph shared the importance of the vision and Pharaoh asked him to be second in command. Those that didn’t prepare for the famine that Joseph revealed to the Pharaoh and you find his brothers coming to Egypt for help during the famine. Joseph’s vision of his brothers bowing to him was reality when they came in and bowed down. No one knows what will happen but God’s word is true above everything else. I may not understand what he allows but His will is perfect. If we are a child of God we may have hard times and we may not understand why they are happening. If we get in the word of God and read it, we can know it will work out for God’s children in the end. It is important to be his child to have the hope shared today. My peace comes through God because my faith, trust and soul is in the hands of a mighty God. If God has spoken to your heart and you need hope it is only found in Christ.
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