Sacred Spaces 328 – There is more than one character
17 April 2012
During Lent I came across this encounter in my daily readings (FFDL): The story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife in Genesis 39.
(FFDL – Faith for Daily Living)
Now most of us have heard sermons on how good Joseph was to not give into the temptation and run away from the seduction of Potiphar’s wife!
Amen, I say to that!
Men, we all should learn to run even faster.
BUT this is not about THAT.
This is about life involving more than you (or I) as the MAIN character. How mistaken can we be?
When something in our life happens our first question is: God, why are you doing this in my life? (And sometimes that is added with: What can I learn from it?)
Those questions aren’t entirely bad.
YET is life only about us? Are we really the main character?
In the encounter of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife… we read on to see what God did in Joseph’s life.
He used a seemingly bad situation (thrown in jail) for a greater good (he became a big shot in Egypt.)
HOWEVER, what about Potiphar’s wife? What about Potiphar?
We don’t hear from them again.
What happened in their lives?
I’d like to believe that God was working in their lives too.
Did God turn that lust of Potiphar’s wife around? I’d like think He invited her into a relationship with Himself.
As God worked in Joseph’s life
I don’t believe He ignored the rest of Potiphar’s wife’s life. (That’s quite a mouthful to say!)
He acted in her life. Maybe she came to believe and trust in God; and same with Potiphar.
I believe this is true. God is the main character here on earth.
Life is about Him and what He is doing in the world. We get to be part of that.
We may be in the cast… but this script (LIFE design) is not written by or for us. (Although often we like to think it)
I am not saying that God has an ego problem at all.
It’s just truth:
“He is the Alpha and Omega” (Revelation 1: 8)
“The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” (Genesis 2: 7)
“There is one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4: 6)
How would life look if we dedicated each of our days to God?
If we offered our lives as an offering to Him
If we did what He commands us: “Be led by His Spirit?”
If in Him we lived and moved and had our being? (Acts 17: 28)
Life would look very different.
People would be set free so much more.
People would be healed in all sorts of ways
People would smile more.
There is so much more.
This week and from now on would we be aware that God is the main character and let Him lead?
All of us are on a journey
Even though some don’t know it
But this is true:
We are not the main characters
Meet us in each scene please