If you take a dollar bill and crush it up in your hand, that act does not lessen the value of that dollar bill. Even if you were to take that dollar bill and stomp on it and walk all over it, the value of the dollar bill does not change. Life has a way of pressing us to the point that we are so crushed and beaten up that we are made to fill like we are not of any value to anyone. Friends are plentiful when we are prospering, but unfortunately, they are hard to find when we are going through a crisis in our life that changes what we are able to do. The good news is that this is not true as far as our heavenly Father is concerned. It doesn’t matter what our situation may be, God’s love for us will never change. God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
If you think about Joseph’s story for a moment, it is hard to understand why his brothers sold him into slavery and he was taken from his home into a country where he had never been and was forced to become a servant whereas he once was a person who was served by others. For 13 years he endured separation from his family and for a period of time, he was put in prison due to the lies told about him. These events made no sense at all especially after he experienced God given dreams as a young man that one day everyone including his own family would bow down to him. Joseph must have been confused since the events of his life took him down a path that seemed to be in the opposite direction than he had anticipated. But once you remember how his life turned out, you realize that all of it had to happen in order for God’s plan for him to be fulfilled. Rejection by his brothers, slavery and imprisonment all had to take place – it was all a part of the plan. How often do we find ourselves in situations that make no sense and we begin to doubt God’s plan for our lives. Could it be that certain situations have to happen and we have to experience certain events so that it places us exactly where we need to be so that we are in the position we need to be in to move into our destiny?
You might be feeling that God has forgotten all about you or that He doesn’t really care about what you are going through. Nothing could be farther from the truth. God loves you so much that He sacrificed His only Son so that you could have eternal life. All things are working for your good because you love God, and you must hold onto the confession of your faith through it all. The enemy of your soul, Satan, wants to steal, kill and destroy you, but the Son of God came to give you life and life more abundantly. God has showed us through the story of Joseph that we must go through a process to inherit His promises. Your problems are to make you stronger; they are to deepen the level of your faith to the point that you are totally surrendered and committed to God. Your faith and trust in God must remain unmoveable and undeniable. You must know who you are in Christ even if everything else has been stripped away from you. You must believe in your heart that you are precious to God and He will do whatever it takes to complete His work in you.
God has not forgotten about you and He never will. From your mouth speak words of faith over yourself; encourage yourself and accept that whatever God allows you to experience will bring life and not death. Your identity is in Jesus Christ and you will never lose your value – never!