THE RELIGION CORNER: When It's Safe to Trust
Lyndia Grant | 12/4/2013, 3 p.m.
In the Bible, the book of Genesis, chapter 37, there’s an interesting story of Joseph and how his brothers envied him and the love his father showed him by making Joseph an elaborate colorful coat; read the story. For many reasons, jealousy got the better of them, so they sold him to the Ishmeelites for 20 pieces of silver. Here’s how they did it. Joseph trusted his brothers, never expecting them to try to destroy him. The thought never crossed his mind.
They take Joseph to Egypt and sell him to Potiphar, captain of the guard; and because of Joseph’s faithfulness and his gift of interpreting dreams and how they come true; Joseph was able to help the king to understand a very worrisome dream he had. Because of this one spiritual act, which worked, the king rewarded Joseph by making him second in command, after the king.
Eventually, because of a drought throughout the land, Joseph’s brothers had to flee their old land and go to the Ishmeelites for help. Not knowing it was their brother Joseph they saw, they were shown mercy. Joseph did forgive them in his heart, and he did help his brothers.
God is with us when life is unfair and he sees our struggles, just as he was for Joseph. We must remember that He is always with us, as we pray, as we rely on Him, and as we do our best. We are serving the Lord, not man.
God doesn’t guarantee that we will never, ever be treated unfairly, but He does guarantee that, no matter what happens, He will be there.
If we practice praying without ceasing, and always do our best and stay connected to Him, and maintain a clear conscience about our actions God will help us to endure. We will definitely be victorious, just like Joseph.
What unfair treatment are you experiencing right now? Pray about it, stay connected to God. We are shaped into the person we become from the moment of our conception. Jeremiah 1:5 says it best: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you."
When you make moves without a Word from On High, Holy Spirit, we make major errors. Sometimes, we even perish! This tale shows how we suffer the consequences from listening to our own thoughts, trusting the wrong people rather than listening to the Lord.
You’ve probably read how the scorpion wants to cross a river, but he can't swim. Goes to the frog, since he can swim, the scorpion asks for a ride. The frog says, "If I give you a ride on my back, you'll go and sting me." The scorpion replies, "It would not be in my best interest to sting you since I'll be on your back and we both would drown." The frog thinks about this logic for a while and accepts the deal. The frog takes the scorpion on his back. Braves the waters. Halfway over the frog feels a burning spear in his side and realizes the scorpion has stung him after all. And as they both sink beneath the waves the frog cries out, "Why did you sting me, Mr. Scorpion, for now we both will drown?" the scorpion replies, "I can't help it, it's in my nature."
The meaning of the story is clear: creatures (including people) will remain true to their natures, regardless of external influences. The frog takes the scorpion at its word and agrees to transport the scorpion, despite the fact that there’s nothing in it for the frog. The scorpion on the other hand will remain true to its innate nature, even though it’s treated with trust and kindness.
Know who you’re dealing with, and pray and ask the Lord when you’re unsure about who to trust.
Lyndia Grant is an author, inspirational and motivational speaker, radio talk show host and columnist; visit her new website at www.lyndiagrant.com and, call 202-518-3192. Tune in Fridays at 6 p.m., to the radio talk show, 1340 AM, WYCB, a Radio One Station.