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The Story of Joseph (6 of 8)
Series: The Favor Of God
Dr. Fred Lowery
Genesis 39:4-21; Genesis 40:6-8; Genesis 41:10-57
How many of you either had a problem this past week or you know somebody who's had a problem or you live with a problem? Let me see your hands. Let me ask you this: does the fact that you have problems and pressures mean that you are not experiencing the favor of God? No, no, no. Many times God uses problems and pressures to mold us and to shape us and all the while we are experiencing His favor, even though we may not be aware of it. Another question: what if you do the right thing at the right time? Does that mean that you get God's favor immediately and that it's like you want it to be? Again the answer is no. Joseph did the right thing at the right time and it ended up in the wrong way, at least temporarily. When you think about God's favor and you think about your life, you have to understand that God sees the whole picture. He sees from beginning to end and He is committed to a purpose in your life. Everything that God does, He does on purpose. So, His timing is always perfect. He is never late and never early. He's always on time.
We are doing a study on the Favor of God and we took a little break. As a matter of fact it was for several weeks. I can't leave something just hanging so there's something about me that I have to finish it and I couldn't leave you in the middle of this story. We left the story of Joseph which, I think, is one of the greatest stories in the entire bible. Joseph is my favorite Old Testament character. I really had to come back and finish the story.
The story of Joseph reads like a novel because it has all these twists and turns and surprises and in the end there is poetic justice. Joseph is the fascinating story of God's providence working with man's responsibility. You see both. You see God doing his part, and by the way, God will always do His part. If something is not happenin ...
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