We Make an Impact as Stewards of Kingdom Power
Dr. Ken Hemphill;
We pick up Joseph’s story during the seven years of famine. Jacob has died, and Joseph’s brothers feared they would receive a just punishment for their evil treatment of him. Joseph’s response illustrates God’s sovereign activity in every circumstance “You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about this present result – the survival of many people” (Genesis 50:20, HCSB).
Four great truths are found in this passage. These truths should challenge each of us to be stewards of the Kingdom power available to us in each and every circumstance of our lives.
- God is always at work accomplishing His purpose. When we are faced with personal challenges or confront events that seem to be out of control, we often fail to see God’s hand or trust His power. History is truly His story.
- Man’s evil efforts cannot thwart the accomplishment of God’s ultimate plan. God’s power is such that He can use even the evil intentions and actions of men to accomplish His own purpose.
- God redeems history. I once heard someone say that there are only two possible views of history. Either everything happens by chance of everything is caused by God. Since God is never the author o evil, I would suggest a third – God is always at work redeeming history.
- God seeks to “preserve many people alive.” Why was Joseph sold into slavery, thrown into prison and then elevated to second in command in Egypt? Because God desires to preserve many alive. Joseph was instrumental in accomplishing this.
We are allowed to join God in His redemptive activity as we act as stewards of His power.