“Life’s Not Fair”

As we dig into the story of Joseph, we learn how the truths of it can parallel our own lives. We are not promised that if we obey the commands and eat our veggies, we’ll live a long and happy life. But the arch of the Joseph story teaches us that life’s not fair, but God’s not finished. You may look around you and see someone else who seems to have it better than you. Their business takes off, while yours forces you to take on a 2nd mortgage. They skim their textbook and ace the exam while you shed blood for a B-. They find love, you find like. It’s just not fair. But when life’s not fair, may you find the faith to recognize God is not finished with your story.

HOMEWORK

Pray your doubts. Maybe you’ve been questioning your faith lately. Maybe you or someone else along the journey has poked holes in the belief you held as a child. Maybe your concepts of God and life aren’t standing up to new ideas you’re hearing from peers or professors. Or maybe suffering is causing you to rethink everything. If so, this week’s homework is for you. Pray your doubts. Bring your doubts to God. Fuss and fume at Him. Talk to Him about that worst case scenario you keep playing in your head. And step into Isaiah 43:1-3. Just like our study of Joseph, God is closer than you think.

 

POEM: “The Real Work” – Wendell Berry

VERSEIsaiah 43:1-3
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

Primary text: Genesis 39:1-23
Other texts in this message: Psalm 73:1-28, 1 Corinthians 6:18, Isaiah 43:1-3

WORSHIP SONG LIST

There Is Power Lincoln Brewster and Mia Fields

In Christ Alone Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend

This I Believe Matt Crocker and Ben Fielding

Psalm 73:1-28, 1 Corinthians 6:18, Isaiah 43:1-3, Genesis 39:1-23, Troy Champ, Closer Than You Think, Joseph, Life’s Not Fair but God’s not finished

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