by Steve Jones

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Joseph, Sovereign Proactivity Two (4 of 5)
Series: Joseph, Sovereign God
Steve Jones
Genesis 40

INTRODUCTION: Some explorers were crossing a large wilderness area. One of them was a novice adventurer and he was very carefully making notes of all the unique landmarks that he saw along the way; places in the landscape that could be used to guide them back to civilization. He went to great effort to draw pictures of the stumps; rocks and creek beds that could be used to guide them safely back home. Several days into the trip a powerful windstorm came up forcing them to find shelter in a small cave. After the storm passed they came out of their shelter only to realize that the blowing sand had virtually erased all of their landmarks. They were either covered or visibly altered with a blanket of sand. The novice explorer became despondent and feared that they were now hopelessly lost. Another, much more experienced explorer, told the younger man to calm down. He pulled from his bag a surveyor's transit and pointed it towards the night sky. He said "We're not lost because the stars are always there and sandstorms don't faze them in the least."

Sometimes the landscape of our lives can get a little confusing and even bleak. We may have had the best plan in the world but as they say in the army, a plan is only good until you hit the ground and the shooting starts. Instead of becoming fearful of what we can't control, we can realize that the Lord who was in control yesterday is in control today and will still be in control tomorrow. The sandstorms of life do not affect God's ability to guide us home. One of the promises we've been highlighting is that found in 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." This verse assures us that no matter what, God is sovereign; he is in control.

Joseph understood the sovereignty of God as well as, or better than, any othe ...

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