TOPIC: DO NOT ASK WHY ME BUT WHAT IS NEXT TO HAPPEN.
Memory verse:-"When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. "Let’s not take his
life,” he said. "Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the desert, but
don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back
to his father. So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe - the
richly ornamented robe he was wearing—and they took him and threw him into the
cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites
coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they
were on their way to take them down to Egypt. Judah said to his brothers, "What will
we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come, let’s sell him to the
Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and
blood.” His brothers agreed. So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers
pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the
Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt. When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that
Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes. He went back to his brothers and said,
"The boy isn’t there! Where can I turn now?”
Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. They
took the ornamented robe back to their father and said, "We found this. Examine it to
see whether it is your son’s robe.” He recognized it and said, "It is my son’s robe!
Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.” Then
Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. All his
sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. "No,” he
said, "in mourning will I go down to the grave to my son.” So his father wept for him.
Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials,
the captain of the guard.”
So many things happen to us and the common question we ask is "why is this happening to me?” Joseph like any other man would ask why am I going through all of this mess God. But the question we should ask most time is "what is next to happen?” If we know the next of action after our present situation we will not be worried too much. Sometimes we say or do things we wouldn’t have said or done because we are ignorant of the future.
When you are insulted, for instance, sometimes do not ask why am I insulted God, but ask what is next thing to happen God? Better still, when you are in trouble ask what is next to happen. In all God is in control beloved and He seeks good for you.
We also see that the devil gave the brother idea to kill a goat and dip Joseph rob into the blood. The devil is not wise but crafty, he knows how to deceive and convince people to take lies to be truth. They threw Joseph into a cistern but he never stay there forever, in the same way you will not stay in that trouble and uncomfortable situation forever. You are coming out in Jesus name.
Prayer:-pray for patience in distressful times
pray knowledge that will help you separate lies from truth
What to meditate on:
Why do man wept is weeping evil?