Lean not on your own understandings; in all ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.

Proverbs 3:5-6

DEVOTION – MAY 19, 2019

The story of Joseph is always inspiring to me when life happens. Joseph was despised by his brothers. They sold him into slavery, lied to their father about his whereabouts, and thought that was the last of him. Well, Joseph and God had a different plan. Joseph had his eyes set on God. He knew that God was with him even in his lowest of lows.

God lifted Joseph above his circumstances; he had big plans for him.

I had my “Joseph moment” four years ago. I received notification that my employer was going through a reorganization. I had started with this company fresh out of college. I worked my way through numerous departments, gained a vast amount of knowledge, survived three previous reorganizations, and then the day came: I was a name on a list.

Being terminated by an employer was the best and worst thing that has ever happened to me. I can smile about it now–four years later–but it was truly a humbling experience.

We learn through our suffering. No one likes to suffer, but we learn from God’s Word and through life experiences. I had to release control of my unemployment situation to understand fully; I stepped out, peace stepped in, and pieces started falling into place.

PRAYER

Lord,

Proverbs 3:5 is widely known and used; why do I still struggle with it? We are such complicated beings, but you know every move, every word, every moment of our lives. Give us the wisdom, the patience, and the knowledge to be still. Cover us with your presence. It’s in your name I pray,

Amen.

Shannon Hughes

Director of Volunteer Ministry & Guest Services
shughes@crossings.church

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