I was thinking about the full circle of Joseph’s life. He was Rachel’s first son but Jacob’s eleventh. Rachel died giving birth to Benjamin his twelfth. Joseph loved Benjamin, but they were separated for years. Though God showed Joseph his future ministry, His word was tested through Joseph’s trials. Every adverse situation Joseph went through was divinely orchestrated. God’s timing is always impeccable. What He speaks to your heart today will be tested.
I want you to picture a circle. Start at the top, go around the circle to your right, then come back to the top. Now picture the circle of your life through Philippians 1:6. It says, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Let’s compare this word to us through the eyes of Joseph’s life’s trials.
In Genesis 50:20 we see the full circle of Joseph’s life. It 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.” Joseph was united with his family, and closed his father’s eyes when he died. Just before Joseph died he gave the children of Israel a promise. Verse 25 says, “…God will surely visit you, and you shall carry my bones up from here.”
Our nation is in a fiery trial. We must remember that He began a good work when He brought the folks in the Mayflower. He established the foundation of one nation under God. What He has begun He will complete. We must keep our eyes on Him. Hebrews 12:1 says that as we run our race, we must cast off all entanglements and hindrances. We do that through focus. Verse 2 says, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
The Author (what He has begun), and Finisher (completed) of our faith. Our faith is being tested right now. Will we continue to believe that what God has begun He will complete? What is warring against your faith? Is it what you hear or see? 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, not be sight.” 1 Peter 1:8 says, “Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.”
Jesus endured the cross because His focus was on the joy set before Him. His joy are those who were redeemed through His shed blood. The moment we first believed unto salvation, we entered into this proving of our faith. Think back to when you were first saved. What was your first trial? It was designed to expose any hidden dross that would undermine your confession. He still purifies His words to us through our trials. He doesn’t change even though our circumstances do. He remains the same. 2 Timothy 2:13 says, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” We only waver when the hidden dross of doubt, fear, or unbelief rises to cloud our vision of Him.