All of us have had the experience of being reborn. I was thinking about this on Sunday, after hearing a sermon on the life of Joseph (the one in Genesis with the coat of many colors). Joseph’s life took some drastic turns. He went from being the favored son of Jacob to slavery; from slavery to imprisonment; from being a prisoner to being the right hand man of the Pharaoh of Egypt! Surely some of those changes must have felt like a kind of death and rebirth. He “died” to his family. He “died” to having special status. He even “died” to being free. Who could have predicted the final outcome?
Most of us do not suffer such extreme changes in our life or status. But we can still identify with Joseph. Sometimes our life changes in a positive way, a way we have planned. We may get married, have a child, or receive a promotion that causes us to move across the country. Other things just happen: we develop an illness, lose our job, our spouse or child dies. Each important change causes our way of life to dissolve, and eventually a new life takes its place. The result is unpredictable.
In the midst of Joseph’s deaths he never lost faith in God. He told his brothers:
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today”. Genesis 50:20
He couldn’t foresee what his new birth would be, but he trusted the Lord. Jesus also trusted His father when he went to the cross. What looked like a horrible death, became life for us.
What death is going on in your life? Do things look hopeless? Have your plans gone awry? God is still in control. Your life is in His hands.
“…. For those who love God all things work together for good.” Romans 8:28