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Joseph, Sovereign Proactivity One (3 of 5)
Series: Joseph, Sovereign God
Introduction: An old gentleman lived alone in New Jersey. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament: "Dear Vincent, I am feeling pretty sad because it looks like I won't be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days. Love, Papa." A few days later he received a letter from his son, "Dear Papa, don't dig up that garden. That's where the bodies are buried. Love, Vinnie." At 4:00am the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son. "Dear Papa, go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That's the best I could do under the circumstances. Love you, Vinnie."
I open today with the example of Vinnie because even though he's in prison he is proactive and gets the job done and this reminds me of Joseph. We've been studying the life of Joseph for the last couple of weeks and we've been looking at him through the lens of the sovereignty of God. The sovereignty of God means that God is in control. A keynote verse is Romans 8:28 "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." Joseph understood God's sovereignty as well as, or better than, any other OLD Testament character. Joseph's grasp of the sovereignty of God made a difference in the way he lived his life and it can make the same difference in the way we live ours - THAT'S my point in this series.
So far we ...
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