Orchestrated Benefits

Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”  Righteousness is conformity to God’s will.  Do you hunger and thirst to walk in the center of His will?

The promise is that we will be filled when we pursue His righteousness.  I love Jeremiah 31:14.  It says, “I will satiate (fill to the full) the soul of the priests with abundance, and My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.”

Here is another favorite verse.  Psalm 107:9.  It says, “For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.”  Psalm 27:13 says, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

The Lord is constantly orchestrating the events in our lives to keep us in His purpose.  Ephesians 1:11 says that He works all things according to the counsel of His will.  Psalm 34:10 Amplified says, “…they who seek (inquire and require) the Lord (by right of their need and on the authority of His Word), none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.”

He orchestrates every aspect of our lives for our benefit.  Joseph is a great example.  Sold as a slave, imprisoned wrongfully, released and set up as second to the Pharaoh.  Psalm 105:15-16 says, “They hurt his feet in fetters, he was laid in irons.  Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him.”  After the test came the benefit.  Joseph lived the trial without knowing the outcome.

Joseph encapsulated his trial for his brothers.  Genesis 50:20 says, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

From Joseph’s first dream, to the moment he stood before his brothers, we recognize God’s process to Joseph’s maturity.  Joseph continually chose to conform his thoughts and actions to trust God’s faithfulness.  His faith was severely tested, yet he came forth as gold tried in the fire.  Your trials are God’s plan to culminate it all to your benefit.

Romans 8:28 says that He works all things according to His purpose.  May the Lord use your present circumstances to help you gain a broader perspective.  He IS working things in your life for your benefit that will have eternal fruit.

Orchestrated benefits two days ago: Two folks, who lost everything in the Paradise CA fire, were eating lunch.  He moved to a mobile park in Red Bluff.  She moved into our mobile park.  The restaurant is just outside our north entrance.  If they still lived in Paradise they would not be going to this restaurant.  He led two folks to the Lord, prayed for the owner, and prayed for the waitress.  He is a 97 year old retired preacher.  They lost everything material, but had the joy of watching two folks give their heart to Jesus.

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