On this Lord’s Day I am honoured to host a guest post by my brother in Christ David Duncan, whose blog David’s Daily Dose is worth a visit. David is by his own words “just a regular guy” which in my view under sells his worth to his readers, brethren and His Lord. His writing is both humble and humorous, always getting the spiritual message delivered succinctly. I admit I am a bit of a fan of David’s writing, thus I hope and pray that his new post here today blesses you as it has blessed me.
God Is God Wherever You Are
As the young Marine and his new bride were offered toasts and well-wishes at their wedding reception, a U.S. Airforce Colonel stepped up to the mic. “When I was a young airman, back in 1983……” Five minutes later he was still going! I’m sorry if you’re reading this, sir, but it sounded like “blah, blah, blah” –after the first 30 seconds.
His wife, who stood patiently next to him while he addressed the “troops,” was up next. And that’s when things turned amazing. In the quiet and compassionate voice of a godly wife and mother, she said, “We’ve moved 15 times in 25 years. And I discovered this: God is God wherever you are.”
Driving home that night, I kept thinking, about both the biblical references and real-life applications, of this dear woman’s short toast. Of course, the Old Testament story of Joseph came to mind. “The Dreamer,” as his jealous brothers called him was sold –by them–into slavery at the age of 17. Taken to Egypt by a caravan of traders, Joseph is purchased by Potiphar, the Captain of Pharoah’s guard. Yet, even as a slave, God is with him; everything he does succeeds (Genesis 39:2). But misfortune strikes again when Mrs. Potiphar gets the hots for the handsome young Israelite. She accuses him of attempted rape and, you know the story, he relocates from his master’s house to the BIG HOUSE. But, even in prison, God prospers Joseph!
The real-life application of this familiar story hit me about half-way home from the reception. God’s favor was like a transferable warranty in Joseph’s life! Not one from owner to owner, but from place to place. “The Dreamer” kept dreaming and his visions kept coming true.
Kind reader, the biblical evidence is overwhelming: nothing can erase God’s purpose from your life! Yes, you and I can mess things up, but no other person or circumstance can cancel God’s favor for us.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28 (NIV)
If we stay in the center of God’s plan for our lives, whether in a prison or a palace, we are blessed!
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields it fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” – Psalm 1:3 (CSB)