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December 28, 2011

posted Dec 30, 2011, 8:53 PM by Olivia Russ

The Turn-Around

By Kerri-Ann Haye-Donawa
This week's topic: Finishing Well

God can write a story like no other can. His sovereign ability to reach into a person’s future and erect a monument of victory is incomparable. He literally delights in crowning the lowly as prince, and in using the stumbling blocks that have been placed in our paths by others as stepping stones to a throne of His making.

It’s amazing how he could pull a life from the pit and transform it in such a way that it becomes unrecognizable to the enemy. Such was the life of Joseph, the eleventh son of Jacob. From the pit, to the prison, to the palace, Joseph meandered his way to destiny despite the roadblocks he encountered.
God glorifies His great name in the time of opposition because He specializes in the principle of resurrection. The concept of a thing living again after it had been presumed dead is a wonderful reality in the mind of God. In other words, “It’s not over until God says it’s over.” Certainly, the very life of Christ upon the earth testifies and confirms that there is no opposition – whether it be in the form of a pit or in the form of a grave – that can stop God from reaching down and lifting a life to the place that He has destined for it.

You see, God takes great pleasure in moving a person from the depths of seeming defeat and ushering them to the pinnacle of success. He delights in bringing life out of death and in making “the stone which the builders rejected” into the chief cornerstone (Ps. 118:22). Yes, it is His utmost delight to move beyond your circumstances and do the impossible on your behalf. As a matter of fact, He will ‘flip the script’ until your enemies become your footstool (Ps.110:1) and those who fought against you turn and pray for you to bless them (Ex. 12:32). Indeed, resurrection, restoration, metamorphosis of status, and newness of life are prominent spheres of His mighty dominion.

For this reason, we see Joseph, though severely mistreated in his youth, rising to great power in the very place he was sent to die. He became governor in the land of his captivity and ruled over those to whom he was sold as a slave. Without doubt, Joseph must have understood that though he was ‘persecuted’, he was not ‘abandoned’; and though he was ‘struck down’, he was ‘not destroyed’ (2 Cor. 4:9). Thus, he remained faithful to God and to his vision, and was buoyed by both as God worked behind-the-scenes of his life. In the end, Joseph, the Hebrew slave of the Egyptians, died as Joseph, the Hebrew ruler of the Egyptians.

God finds great pleasure in turning the tables in your favor. His joy is contained in ensuring that you end well. And so now may the God of the ‘turn around’ bring restoration and increase to every area of your life; and may your tomorrow be exceedingly greater than your yesterday.

Scripture Of The Day: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)