Presently, I have the privilege of sharing a series of talks on the life of Joseph, with Grace Gospel Church in Bangalore. This fast-moving story takes us through many twists and turns. Starting from Joseph’s position of privilege, we are able to observe a plethora of experiences and emotions. These include, envy, betrayal, temptation, false-imprisonment, faithfulness, promotion, forgiveness and provision. Although the story highlights the need for human responsibility, it also illustrates God’s sovereignty. This sovereignty is clearly revealed in the moving conversation between Joseph and his brothers after the burial of their father Jacob. The brothers had long been reunited. However, as they reflected on the way they had betrayed him, Joseph’s brothers were terrified of him now seeking revenge. However, Joseph allayed their fears as he famously said; “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people” (Genesis 50:20).
As I read that passage this week, I reflected on our own situation. The Lord Jesus pulls no-punches when he spoke about his and our adversary, the devil. On one occasion he said; that “the thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life!” (John 10:10) I am convinced then, that the devil wants to use this present pandemic in order to wage war on the church of Jesus. However, God has another purpose. Just as he used each and every situation in Joseph’s life for his glory, so he wants to shape us through these present times. Therefore, although our enemy wants us to be fragmented, disenfranchised and depressed, it is God’s will that we will be united, engaged and full of hope.
In the same way that God used Joseph to “save the lives of many people”, so he desires to use us in our generation.
With this in mind, we are asking that we gather as a church to pray. Our intention is to gather via Zoom between 1.00-2.00 pm on Friday 2nd October and 10.00 pm- 2.00 am on Saturday 3rd– Sunday 4th October.* This has been scheduled to coincide with the end of September’s Bible Reading Plan, through which we trust that The Lord is continuing to speak.
*If you are able and willing to commit to praying for one hour or longer between 10.00 pm- 2.00 am on Saturday 3rd– Sunday 4th October, please do send me an email or PM me.