I have come to the grand conclusion that all battles that we experience during the course of our lives areEmbedded with lessons, all to change the way that we think with the goal of preparing us for where we're going.
This is so because our current way of thinking cannot appreciate where we are about to be taken. Therefore, our challenges are specially engineered by God to disrupt and dismiss our polluted way of thinking to prepare us for where we're going.
Unfortunately, we become so consumed by the agents or instruments of our battles that we over look why this campaign has come about in the first place.
Case and point, Joseph the dreamer, was hated by his brothers. Sold into slavery, became the head of Potiphar's house, falsely accused of rape, sent to prison, eventually became in charge of the prison, then finally promoted to being second in charge of all Egypt.
The point I am attempting to get to is that if you read his story, there is nowhere in his story that he became caught up or should we say distracted by the agents of his oppression. In fact, the lesson/abuse that he experienced not only prepared him for leadership but more importantly conditioned his mind in such a way that after his trials HE COULD NOT HATE HIS BROTHERS WHO CAUSED HIM TO BE IN HIS OPPRESSED POSITION IN THE FIRST PLACE.
His story goes on to reveal that after he would have revealed himself to his brother in his elevated state, he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept. Moreover, he kissed all of his brothers and wept with them, Genesis 45:14-15.
Question! How do you love someone that has done you wrong, how do you appreciate others after they have put you through so much hell?
Well, my friend, it can only come through the conditioning of the mind via the lessons that are being afforded us during our challenges. Nevertheless, you must see it from this perspective to appreciate it from this point of view.
Again, the key to this perplexing dilemma is that you must focus on the fact that what is happening to you is for a reason with the intent of preparing you for your season. This way of thinking causes you to understand that the characters involved in your oppression have no idea of how much they're playing an important part in your development for greater. In fact, without them, the purpose of what you're going through cannot be complete.
The biblical account of Joseph revealed that after his father had died, his brothers thought that Joseph would exact revenge on them for what they had done to him. However look at what Joseph said to his fearful brothers, "And Joseph said unto his brothers, fear not for am I in place of God? But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass as it is this day to save many people alive. Now fear not for I will nourish you and your little ones. And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them Genesis 50:15-21.
I want to encourage someone this morning that I am aware that it seems almost impossible to forgive someone that has set you back in life or hurt you in such a way that it feels nearly impossible to forgive them. However, I promise you that your connection with this person, group or place is not by accident and far greater than your pain. As with Joseph, it was after his testing that he understood the reason for his suffering, thus causing him to not hate his oppressors because the truth is those folks were apart of advancing him to where he was going.
If you are still in a position where you hate those that have done you wrong, or you're still bitter against them, then this is a clear indicator that you've missed the purpose behind your lesson. Even worse, whom ever you were being conditioned to deliver or whatever position you were being conditioned to fulfill, you will now treat others the way you were treated.
My words of wisdom to you are to allow your challenges to renew your mind because its purpose is to ultimately change the way that you think so that you don't pollute where you're going. Do not place your focus on the negative to become negative instead let the negative be the symbol of what you should not be like.
Written By: Kevin L A Ewing