The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.
- Genesis 39:2-6
This may be a short one, but maybe not.
To tie in the Scripture above, the passage says three times that Joseph is “in charge.” But this is followed by how handsome Joseph is and Potiphar’s wife wants him. Oops! Joseph just thought he was in charge, and it is much better when God is in charge anyway.
The other day, we went to the wholesale warehouse store, and, among our purchases, we got a double bag of shredded cheddar cheese, a total of five pounds. We take quart freezer bags and repackage the large bags before freezing. We can then get out just what we need, about a half-filled bag, or about a half pound of cheese.
Note: Do not get lazy and fill a gallon freezer bag with 2-3 pounds of shredded cheese. “Someone” did that and there was enough moisture in the bag to cause trouble. On one side the cheese dried into little hard slivers of plastic (or it seemed that way, crunchy) and the other side became so moist that it was either cheesy water or cheesy goo once it melted. There was so little salvageable cheese in the middle that I threw away the whole bag. Half pound portions are best, removing as much air as is practical before freezing.
To do this repackaging, I was wearing my wrist brace on the left hand, since then, I have removed it for most of the day, after a Novocain and steroid shot in the meniscus, hopefully allowing the tendon inflammation to die down on its own.
But the key is that I propped open the large store bag of shredded cheese. With my limited left hand, I spread the opening of the freezer bag, and then I picked up a few handfuls of cheese and dropped them into the bag, unscientifically, no measurement.
But then a few shreds fell, missing the bag. Do I hear a “duh-duh-duhn!!!!”
In my mind, I said, “You miscreant shred! How dare you sin against me! Your instant punishment will be that I shall eat you!!!!”
As I picked up the cheese from the dining room table and ate it, I heard the Voice, almost laughing, “Are you not glad that I am in charge instead of you?”
I snickered as I picked up another miscreant shred of cheese, and I said, “I absolutely am glad that You are in charge instead of me. I rely on Your Mercy and Grace each day.”
I remember the Ken Davis routine, saying as he looked at the floor, pretending to be God, “There is Ken Davis. He is having fun.” Then Ken Davis takes a step and stomps his foot and grinds it. “NOOOO!” Then he explains that God is not like that.
But we might have that reaction with the right circumstances.
My wife and I had a situation earlier that day. My wife attempted to reestablish communication with an old friend who had strayed from the faith. They rejected what she had to say. Then she turned to me and said, “I expected that response, and this time, maybe for the first time, it doesn’t bother me. I love them because God said that I should, but I do not have to like them. Don’t worry, I will still send them a card at the appropriate times, even if they burn the card without opening it.”
I was proud of her for realizing that God is in control, and we are not. She also realized how God loves us. He loves us unconditionally, but His patience is not limitless. If someone refuses to come from the darkness into the light (as my wife said as she continued), then God will run out of patience, and they will spend eternity in agony. All we can do is love them and pray for them.
But oh, how at times, we feel like we should grind them up and use them for seasoning on our dinner. Nah, it might make the food taste bad.
Besides, it is so much better to let God have control, with all His Grace and Mercy.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.