Day: September 1, 2011

But God Was With Him

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But God was with him. Acts 7:9

This is one of the many “But Gods” in the Book that spell quite a difference. Joseph’s brothers sold him into Egypt, but God was with him. Joseph himself put it this way:

“Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good” (Gen. 50:20).

What men thought was overruled by what God wrought. “Man proposes but God disposes.”

“He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Heb. 13:5, 6).

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“My Joy . . . Your Joy”

Oswald Chambers 90x115by Oswald Chambers

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full —John 15:11

What was the joy that Jesus had? Joy should not be confused with happiness. In fact, it is an insult to Jesus Christ to use the word happiness in connection with Him. The joy of Jesus was His absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice to His Father— the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do— “. . . who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross . . .” (Hebrews 12:2). “I delight to do Your will, O my God . . .” (Psalm 40:8). Jesus prayed that our joy might continue fulfilling itself until it becomes the same joy as His. Have I allowed Jesus Christ to introduce His joy to me?