|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, December 09 2013 00:00|
(Excerpt from How God Makes Men, Multnomah, 2013)
I've noticed in my own life that even during the long, hard years, God was always there. I see the same thing in Joseph's story. And I believe it will be true for you as well.
Think of it like this: When God sends you on a mission, He will also send His favor. Look at the strong connection between God's favor to Joseph and the mystery-shrouded mission God sent him on:
The simple truth is that we can endure almost any amount of pain if we believe it has a purpose.
Chuck Colson told a story in Kingdoms in Conflict about some prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp. Every day they were forced to fill wheelbarrows with sand and push them from one end of the prison yard to the other, then empty them. The next day they put the sand back in the wheelbarrows, pushed them back to where they started the day before, and emptied them again. This went on day after day. The prisoners started going crazy. One man collapsed and began to sob uncontrollably. Another man ran into the electric fence and was electrocuted. Why? Because there was no purpose in his ordeal. It was a form of torture.