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Series: Off the Map - The Life of Joseph
Let me ask you a question-by show of hands-How many of you would say your life has turned out exactly like you planned it when you were a teenager? Just put your hand up-your life now is just what you had planned out. Not many, right? Do you see this? I know it didn't work out for me, because when I was about 14, 15 years old, I had a very clear dream for my life. My hero was...anyone know who my hero was (if you came to the Vision Summit last weekend and heard me share this, don't say it...)? My hero was Arnold Schwarzenegger, and my dream was to be a professional bodybuilder. And obviously that didn't work out too well. (You don't have to laugh THAT hard!).
That's the norm, right? Very rarely does life work the way we planned. And sometimes that's not funny at all-sometimes it's incredibly difficult. And when that happens, there are a few different ways you can respond. You can get bitter and disillusioned. You can turn to some kind of escape to numb the disappointment. Or you can somehow grow deeper and closer to God through the experience. And the difference has everything to do with your view of God. And that's what I so value about Marieke's story. And that's where Joseph's story is going to take us.
So-Genesis chapter 37. Now, this Hebrew narrative. So it's very different from a New Testament letter packed with doctrinal statements about God. But if you let the story draw you in, and let God speak to you through the story, it will change you. God will change you.
So-Genesis 37-listen to what happened: 1 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.2 This is the account of Jacob. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them. 3 Now Israel (which is another name for Jacob) loved Joseph ...
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