tumblr_m5585aGubI1qbbnr2o1_400Tonight, I have the pleasure of speaking to a small group of women at a Bible study. I’m more than excited about it. I’m eager to share the word God is speaking so strongly to my heart. I’m thrilled to point out the proof of God’s faithfulness throughout adversity. The word of God has lit a fire deep inside my soul.

The reason I have a propensity toward cementing the importance of reading the word and memorizing scripture, is because I know the change it has caused in my own life. When I read my Bible, the words pierce my heart and settle into the depths of my soul.  I’m not a scholar, I’m far from a theologian, but I am a woman after the heart of God. I don’t always remember everything I read, and sometimes I need help with interpretation, but I want more than anything to fill my heart and soul with the life only He can give.

Today, in preparation for Bible study, I was reading about the life of Joseph. In Genesis chapter 39, we learn about the wife of Potiphar and her wickedness. We then learn of Joseph’s imprisonment.

Genesis 39:19-21

So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your BiblePhotoservant did to me after this manner,” that his anger was aroused. Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. (N.K.J.V.)

Did you notice the three words above that I highlighted with bold print? But the Lord! This was a difficult, and I’m sure very discouraging situation for Joseph. He did the right thing by fleeing Potiphar’s wife and still ended up in prison. However, it doesn’t matter what evil was done to him. God gave him favor regardless of his situation. It may not have been his ideal circumstance, but He was obedient and God poured out blessing.

The end of Genesis 39:20 says, “And he was there in the prison.” Verse 21 picks up with But the Lord. See, no matter where you are in life… But the Lord! No matter who has wronged you… But the Lord! No matter what your needs are… But the Lord! When you feel all is lost… But the Lord! Yesterday in my post I gave Romans 8:31 as an example. It fits today also.

Romans 8:31

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (N.K.J.V.)

When we are working to follow the will of God, He will always provide for us. Regardless of where we find ourselves, He is there with us. But the Lord! Breathe in those words. Within those three words lie the power of hope, the power of life, the power of grace, and the power of protection.

Regardless of where you are in life, I urge you to draw on the strength of the Lord. Don’t let adversity hold you back. Be fruitful in your affliction.  Remember… But the Lord!

Have these three life-giving words touched your heart the way they have touched mine?

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