The way of wisdom
The word of the Lord tested Joseph.
1. Do not get overly caught up in what’s happening now, keeping in mind Matt 6:34. Yes, we need to focus on today but not be so focused that we forget that God will one day remove all the physical world that we see today
2. Know that the development of a spiritual perspective requires effort and training, which is one of the reasons we are here today and one of the reasons we hold Bible studies; this training shows us how we ought to see the world and our place in it.
3. All of our best laid plans are subject to change. For sure, Joseph did not anticipate all of the things that happened to him. Many of us can probably say the same. There’s many a slip between the cup and the lip, an old English proverb.
Changing the world - we will look at some stories in scripture about people who did just that. Who changed the world more.....
1. Pharaoh or Joseph?
2. A later Pharaoh or Moses?
3. King Saul or David?
4. King Herod, or Jesus?
Do you see yourself as an individual who can change the world? You may not rise to any position of prominence ever but you can still change the world when you align yourself with the purposes and promises of God. God put you in the place you find yourself for a reason. Who knows what you will accomplish for Him? Don’t underestimate the impact you can have in changing the world.
James 4:17. A tough passage to be sure. “Therefore for him who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” So what is the context of this verse? Chapter 5 seems to have no impact on this but in the previous verses of chapter 4 he talks about presumptions we sometimes make without taking into account what God’s will may be. Our best laid plans are subject to change. Getting too forward ahead of ourselves is what causes worry usually.
Instead ask ourselves, what does serving God mean to me, right here, right now? Whatever the right thing is to do, do it now.
Look at Mark 14:8 and the story of Martha. Jesus said she has done what she could. So let’s do what we can, do the right thing, and let God take care of everything else. What she did wasn’t huge but we’re still learning from her 2000+ years later.
Rev. 17:14 - there will always be opposition to Jesus and His way, but He will triumph in the end.
What changes the world is being on the right side of history. God is at work just as He was in the very beginning when He made the world. He is still at work today. He wants to transform you and me and that is powerful.
Phil. 2:12-13... work out your salvation with fear and trembling.... for it is God who is at work in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Looking at the world through the eyes of God. John 3:14-21. The interaction between Jesus and Nicodemus. May the Son of God be lifted up that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life...For God so loved the world that whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life.
We need to be greatly impressed with who Jesus is. John 3:17 - He who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.