Greetings! It has been awhile since I posted a message of encouragement, hope and inspiration. Please excuse my absence. Forgiveness is not always a simple request because we bear guilt, shame or even worthlessness because of some inaction we may have taken. I am grateful that even through trying times, we can remember the goodness of God and all He has done for us.
Today, I want you to ponder the word "betrayal" and the story of how Joseph's own blood brothers set out to destroy his life. Even when he felt confined in the Egyptian dungeon, enslaved for having done nothing wrong, he didn't succumb to unforgiveness but sought to comfort his siblings. Oftentimes, we misunderstand an absence, gesture or a word and feel condemned by the act. Even if Joseph dared question why God allowed his situation to turn from good to bad, we too must be willing to stop and ponder the reason someone reacted to a certain circumstance toward us. We can never give up on HOPE in God for He will never give up on us!
To be WINNERS, be ready to comfort those who may betray your friendship, your service or your secret. Remember what Joseph said in Genesis 50:20, "what you intended against me for evil, God intended for good." This preservation by God of Joseph was for the many he would serve, not just his brothers. Joseph was in a position to save a nation of people, not merely a tribe. So, the next time you feel betrayed, remember that God intends the bad of another ... for your good! Don't give in, don't change the way you treat others who have betrayed you, and don't seek revenge. God has you in the palm of His hands and as long as you stay in position with Him, just as Joseph did, you won't become offended by betrayal and lean to your own understanding. The Bible says to trust God in all you do so that He will direct your path on this WINS-day!
Rev. Renee Hollinshed