Good morning and Happy Friday!! I love Fridays! They’re like the icing on top of a cupcake . . . the best part was saved for the very last.
There are lots of articles out there that answer the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” and about trusting God in a “valley” or low season. Those are GOOD and needed for sure. But what about when things aren’t so bad? What if you are in a season of blessing? What then?
Remember Joseph in the Bible? He definitely had God’s favor on him – it describes him as very handsome, he was his father’s favorite son (and he knew it). Because he was his father’s youngest and favorite son, his dad (Jacob) gave him a coat of many colors (um…maybe you’ve heard of it?) and it made his brothers hate him. He had dreams, given to him by God, and shared them with his brothers. Buuuut they were dreams about how Joseph would one day rise up and rule over his siblings and that someday they would all bow down to him. I’m not sure if you have a sibling…but that’s a sure fire way to make some frenemies. After hearing that, his brothers were so jealous they wanted to KILL Joseph.
When Joseph was looking for his brothers to no avail, God sent a man to tell them where they had gone. Even in the Bible men weren’t asking for directions, but God took care of him.
One of his brothers was not too keen on the idea of killing him and tried to save him. Instead of killing Joseph they ended up selling him into slavery in Egypt. But as a slave, he was subject to an Egyptian military officer (basically someone wealthy and famous) named Potiphar. Potiphar liked Joseph and made him overseer in his house the house was blessed because Joseph was there. More blessing. Then Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph, blamed him for something he didn’t do, and he was thrown in jail. But even in jail you couldn’t get Joseph down. The Bible says “the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” The book of Genesis goes on to tell more and more about Joseph – how something bad would happen to him but GOD WOULD USE THAT BAD THING FOR GOOD TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PLAN!! Say WHAAAAT?! That’s right. I mean – he would eventually rise to power next to Phaorah and the dreams he shared with his brothers would come true. He was faithful to God as God was faithful to Joseph.
It’s easy for me to read this and see the cycle of good thing …bad thing…good thing…bad thing. So if something good happens to me, does that mean something bad is around the corner? No. It means that even when bad things happen, God is there and He is still good. So when good things happen, God is there and He is still good.
Lately I feel as though I have been in a season of blessing. Cue humble brag, but good things keep rolling in. I randomly won an Instagram giveaway for a $200 boutique shop credit right after I decided to make personal branding a priority (aka I am now buying clothes for myself again, not just my kids!) I won the photography competition earlier this year with an image I entered on a whim. And a few other things I can’t remember at the moment but here is my point – every time something good happens I have a tendency to feel GUILTY. “I don’t deserve this. Why are you blessing me in such a way, God?” BUT WHO AM I to say whom God should and should not bless? The root of my heart is the same as not trusting Him when bad things happen. It is not trusting that He is GOOD and HE is who He says HE is. Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
So whether you are in a season of “feast” or a season of “famine,” submit all your ways to Him because THAT is how we trust Him. He is good. and He will use ALL THINGS to bring Him glory.