Genesis 37:1-36, Genesis 41:37-44, Genesis 45:1-7
It is essential to note that God places people at a specific place and time for a purpose. We see this in how He did with the saints from the Bible: Joseph, Esther, Moses, Abraham, and Ruth. Let’s take two characters mentioned above from the Bible; Joseph and Esther. There seems to be a correlation between these two stories: they were both positioned in a place of authority at a specific time to serve a particular purpose: preserving God’s people.
In the book of Esther, we see how, during Esther’s time, the Persian laws were very tight. Foreigners were not allowed to get married to royalty. Thus, to some, Esther’s story sounds unreal because she had proceeded to have married King Xerxes. And after her identity was revealed, she still was not dethroned despite all the laws that were against her.
On the other hand, there is a famous story of Joseph with the coat of many colours [see Genesis 37:1-36]. There we observe that Joseph’s brothers may have thought that he was arrogant because of his dreams, and they may have felt threatened by him.
Little did they know that God was behind the scenes, making everything work for his good. Joseph was favoured, blessed, handsome and strong. However, these attributes [which can be regarded as his strengths] led him to the pit and eventually to prison.
Joseph’s story shows that what we consider strength can also lead us to catastrophes. Fortunately for Joseph, God’s grace was upon him, holding him through everything he faced because God had a purpose. God’s plan was to preserve the children of Israel, and what his brothers did to harm him, God turned for good. God gives His word to an individual, not a group. That is why it is essential to have a personal relationship with God. What He tells us may be folly, but we should trust that He has a purpose in everything.
In Ecclesiastes 9:11, the Bible highlights that the fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, nor does the strongest always emerge victorious, but it boils down to being at the right place at the right time. This verse means that the qualities that place us ahead of others don’t necessarily guarantee success, but it is only by the grace of God that we can find ourselves situated at the right place, at the right time. Our strength can only take us to a certain length, but God’s grace sustains us to the finish.
When God puts us in a high position or blesses us, that blessing is not only for us but also for the benefit of others. Therefore, when God elevates you, He will always sustain you because He orchestrates time and circumstances. God is present, able, and willing to sustain you even if a challenge appears before you. He will sustain you no matter who threatens you or what comes against you.
Whatever God starts, He finishes because He is the author and finisher of our faith. He has a plan for our lives, and we can live out His purpose by His grace. No matter how ugly a situation may look, He will work it for our God. He will bring healing and provision in issues concerning our health or finances. The testimonies we carry have the power to encourage others. We should quit thinking that we can be the god of our lives and trust in His grace. For it is by His grace that we attain promotion, and His grace enables us to live a purpose for which God has promoted us. The same God who promoted Esther and Joseph is the one who will promote us, sustain us, and enable us to live His purpose in all matters of life.