Today on Perry and Shawna Mornings, what to do when life doesn’t make sense. Joseph suffered so much injustice: His brothers hate him and sell him into slavery. He ends up in Egypt and as a slave; he’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit. He spends years in prison though he’s innocent. But over the years God’s unseen hand is connecting the dots for Joseph to be used in God’s plan to save the world (Gen. 37-50). So first, bible teacher Dr. Tony Evans helps us see how you and I can keep moving forward when life doesn’t make sense: We trust that God is with us and that he’s connecting the dots especially when we can’t see how!
Then Joseph’s technicolor dreamcoat was given to him because his father loved him and favored him. And we too have been given a coat by our Father in heaven who adores us. It’s actually a robe. Though we don’t deserve it, we wear the righteous robe of Jesus that covers all our sin and shame! Next we talk about how Joseph’s brothers really didn’t believe that he had forgiven them for selling him into slavery. Because, when their father Jacob died, they were sure Joseph would take them out. It’s a conversation about forgiving ourselves, that is, choosing to really believe and accept that has God forgiven us.
And finally Joseph could have easily gotten stuck in bitterness and unforgiveness because of the injustice inflicted on him by his brothers. He could have ended up a bitter, unforgiving man who died in prison. But Joseph instead chose to trust God when his life made no sense at all; he chose to trust that God would connect the dots, even though he couldn’t see it. But that’s Joseph’s story. Maybe your story is that you are stuck in unforgiveness and the injustices of life. There is a way out. Tony Evan shares that way. Please share this if it encourages you!
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.