Based on the book LET HOPE IN by Pete Wilson
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Out of Jealousy, Joseph’s brothers has sold him into slavery. Joseph had been a captive, a slave, and a prisoner, He had been forsaken, falsely accused, framed, and forgotten. If you want to hear more about Joseph’s life, watch our sermon video from the first Sunday in November, Stories of Faith are Stories of Hope. The notes for that message are also still available on youversion. Joseph had plenty of past to be angry about. He had plenty of material to build a good sized grudge. The soil of his heart would have been ripe for bitterness, hatred, and revenge. Terrified, his brothers come to him and we read his response in these verses. Genesis 50:19-20 19And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them. BUT GOD. That’s a really important phrase. That phrase makes all the difference in the world. That phrase made all the difference in the world to Joseph. That phrase has made all the difference in my life. In his book, Let Hope In (which inspired these messages)- Pete Wilson points out that “BUT GOD” is a major phrase in the Bible. I’ve got a couple that I’d like to share: Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. (There are many more in the Psalms) Matthew 19 “With man this is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” With man, it is impossible for some to come to God, but with God, everything is possible. Does that sound familiar? Remember that the angel used this exact phrase in speaking to Mary. Acts 13: “When they had done all that the prophecies said about him, they took him down from the cross and placed him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead!” Romans 5: 8 8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. This verse tells us that we were sinners, BUT GOD was hopeful for us anyway. We were far from God, BUT GOD was working to make us righteous. Our past and present are broken, BUT GOD gives us reason to hope for the future. The last “BUT GOD” phrase I want to share is in Acts 7. Stephen is preaching a message and says: Acts 7:9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, BUT GOD was with Him. My prayer for this series of message is that you realize that no matter what has happened in the past, no matter what choices you have made, that verse could be written about you, God was with Him. For some of you, God was with you to comfort you, protect you, keep you, save you, for the day where you would give your life over to Him. For others, God was with you to call to you, scream to you like you would scream at your child if you saw she was about to walk into a busy street. God was with you convicting you, letting you know that this was not who you are to be, but that you are meant to be so much more. God was with you in the past, He always been there calling you to a different future. God was with you in the past, but God is bigger than your history and He’s more concerned with your destiny.