Life. It happens. There are times when life happens and blessings are bestowed upon us. Then there are times in life where so many things are happening that we throw our hands up in the air and ask; “what’s next?”.
There are events in life that we feel are unfair. When these events happen we have two choices. Choice number one is we can throw our hands in the air and simply sit down and give up. Choice number two is that we can put the situation into God’s hands and allow Him to do His work. It is when we place the situation into God’s hands and allow Him to work we can RISE UP!
There are so many examples of people rising up out of dismal situations. One example is Joseph ( son of Jacob). God gave Joseph dreams and in the beginning Joseph was prideful of these dreams. So much so that when he told his family that he dreamed that one day they would bow down to him, they became angry with him. In response to Joseph, his brothers sold him into slavery.
As the story unfolds, we see Joseph become a man of integrity. He was tempted by Potiphar’s wife and he did not yield to it. Yet, he was put in prison for a long time. It seems that Joseph just rolled and went with the flow. While in prison he kept a positive attitude. It seems for every step he was put back he kept on putting another step forward. It was his faith in God, obedience to God that helped him rise up in every situation that he faced. He didn’t ask the “why?” questions like most of us do but he just simply said; “what do I need to do now?”
In the end, we know that Joseph entered into the favor of Pharaoh and became Pharaoh’s overseer of Egypt’s land. He saved the land from famine whereas his homeland faced famine. It is in the midst of this famine when Joseph’s brothers arrived asking for help. In other words, they were before Joseph and were bowing to him. Wouldn’t you have liked to have been a fly on the wall when they learned that it was their brother they were bowing to? I am sure it was quite a scene.
Joseph had setbacks after setbacks. Yet, he did not give up and sit down. Instead, he chose to RISE UP! He kept the faith, he was obedient to God, and in every situation he was put in he made the best of it.
Are you in the midst of a situation and you so want to throw your hands up in the air and give up? Maybe you are at your wits in looking for answers and/or solutions. I want to encourage you that no matter the circumstance know that it can be and will be used for good. Romans 8:28 reminds us; “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.”
In the midst of the situation that you are in, remember to count your blessings. I have always encouraged people to keep a blessings journal. Start out with writing at least five blessings a day. As the days pass, you will see that there will be more blessings than you could have ever imagined, keep a positive attitude, make the best of everyday and look up because when you do, you will Rise Up!