Friday, 11 November 2011

Time in Life's Cistern

Not to be irreverent but have you had one of those days (or months or years) when you have said to the Lord, “Why?”

In part this question is driven by the fact that most of us have expectations. We envision that the frog we kissed at the altar will become a prince. Or we expected that the woman we married would be a cross between a mom, a maid and a lingerie model. We were certain that our kids would be better behaved and brighter than any of his/her peers. We never dreamed that we would have unpaid bills, let alone be unemployed for a period of time. Welcome to life or as Joseph knew it, life in the cistern.

You may remember the story in the Book of Genesis (chpts 37-50). Joseph was a very good looking, very self confident young man. He was such a pain in the gluteus maximus that his brothers threw him down a cistern and left him to die. However the brothers had a pang of conscience or more than likely the thought of ill gotten gain overtook them and they rescued Joseph and sold him to a bunch of camel jockeys. Then Joseph gets falsely accused of attempted rape and spends many years in jail. How do you like his life so far?

At some point, if you were Joseph wouldn’t you be asking “Why?”

All we know is that in the end God had a better plan for Joseph’s life and that must be the guiding light for all who call on the name of the Lord. God always has a purpose for what happens in our lives even though from our perspective it feels as though we are at the bottom of a cistern and He has forgotten us. If God is aware of even a sparrow falling to the ground He is well aware of your circumstances.

Whatever your circumstances, regardless of how hopeless they may appear, go to your heavenly Father, ask Him to guide your steps, and to give you peace in the midst of your storm. Go to the Book of Psalms, known as the soul’s medicine chest and seek His comfort.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? ...The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? … For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock…”
Psalm 27

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