Today's Devotion: November 25
Pain and Gain
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
Did you hear about the Christian who said his dream was to be a retired missionary? How about the person who wanted to be an author but not a writer? Or the little boy who said he’d like to be the Most Valuable Player on his team? These folks are looking at what only comes after years of work, practice, and suffering. Missionaries have to toil thanklessly, authors have to learn to write, and young athletes must practice repeatedly. It’s a cliché because it is often true: There is no gain without a measure of pain.
Joseph didn’t go to Egypt with his eyes set on becoming Pharaoh’s prime minister. He spent more than a decade as a servant, a steward, a prisoner, and risking his life as an interpreter of Pharaoh’s dreams before God rewarded his faithfulness with a place of honor. Even for Jesus Christ, the cross preceded the crown. Life is all about gaining maturity, and maturity must be tested and perfected through trials.
The path to blessing and honor always goes through the land of testing and obedience. Stay on that path and trust God for where it leads. Be faithful in the little and difficult things on the way.
The vessels of mercy are first seasoned with affliction, and then the wine of glory is poured in.