Return sermons shared on Friday, September 18, 2015.
Psalm 23 states, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” As the Lord my shepherd leads me through the pleasurable mountains and the painful valleys of my journey, I shall not be in want or lack any necessity.
In the book of Genesis, we read of the journey of young Joseph from the time of his brothers selling him into slavery to when he was exalted to second in command of all of Egypt. After he was exalted, Joseph had two sons. Genesis 41:51-52 says, “And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house. And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” In order to bear fruitfulness in where God has brought us, we must first bear the “son” of forgetting which is a result of forgiving.
We also read of Joseph’s reunion with his brothers and how he was able to forgive them as well as forget all of the toil during his time in slavery and imprisonment. According to Genesis 45:8 Joseph told his brothers, “So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God.” Joseph did not blame anyone for what he had gone through, but rather credited God for bringing him to his destination. Joseph was not only grateful for where he now was, but he was also grateful for the journey or the means that got him there.
No matter the degree of pain we go through in this life’s journey, with the Lord Jesus as our Shepherd, we can come through the journey unharmed and even grateful for the very means which He ordained and used to get us to our destiny.