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Growing where God plants us

Pastor Mike Owen • Apr 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Editor’s Note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.

In Genesis 49:22, Jacob said, speaking of his son Joseph, “Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well, whose branches run over the wall.”

Today, just as Joseph, we are all up against a wall. Ours is the wall of the COVID-19 virus.

If you remember, Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers. However, he did not become defeated. Instead, he decided to grow where God had planted him and served his master faithfully.

Then his master’s wife falsely accused him of attempting to assault her. His master then had him thrown into prison. Joseph did not become bitter, but decided to grow where God had planted him. Joseph would eventually grow to become the second in command in all of Egypt. Genesis 41:40: “Thou shalt be over my house, and according to thy word shall all my people be ruled, only in the throne will I be greater than thou.” Eventually, his brothers would come to him to buy corn. Instead of showing revenge, Joseph showed compassion and grew over that wall, too.

Neighbor, we all are presently against the same wall, but let’s just be still and know that He is God.

Let’s grow where He has planted us and we too will grow over this wall.

Mike Owens is pastor of Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church of Kingsport.

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