Showing posts with label Old Testament. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Old Testament. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

More than anything else [17/365]

Only as difficult as you set it to be...
'Behind every successful man, there is a woman'
Many business tycoons will swear by this, but I bet Adam would've never agreed.

In the book of Genesis, we see one of the earliest instances of human trafficking.
Peppered as stories throughout, the Bible while reminding us that sibling rivalry, harlotry (aka prostitution) and trafficking are now evils of the modern age, also shows how relying on God can be more promising than trusting in our intellect.

I've found that every time I have relied on my abilities, I've failed and come short. It could have been that all important tests at school or that job interview.
But the Bible is a greater motivational book.
In the book of Genesis 37 - 50, we see how Joseph, the spoilt yet favorite son of Jacob, is sold by jealous brothers.
But what happens after this, is truly inspirational. Being a God fearing man, we see how Joseph finds favor in the sight of God and his masters. He gets to acquire somewhat of a Midas touch in everything he does. Towards the end of the story, we see how life comes full circle when his brothers are avenged for their cruelty, albeit in a righteous way. All's well that ends well.
Fodder for the perfect Bollywood masala.

But the bigger picture here is how Joseph did not let the little fact that he was sold by his brothers question his belief in God, but how he built everything that he did on Him.
Our relationship with God begins and ends every time we have a need. Need fulfilled, we move on. After all, it is proven that we have very short attention spans.

But what do you do when your prayers go unanswered? Do you grudgingly refuse to believe that God is merciful and has a bigger purpose and a better plan for you? For a while, I refused to believe that God would have anything better for me. I was down, out of my luck and lonely. While I won't tell you that I finally woke up one morning to be a believer that I am now, I can share that a strict regimen of prayer is what got me here.

Do you want to be successful in your career, in your relationships, with your finances?
Are we willing to be redirected by Him?
Trust God, forget all else.

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