And the patriarchs [Jacob’s sons], boiling with envy and hatred and anger, sold Joseph into slavery in Egypt; but God was with him.
— Acts 7:9 (AMPC)
God doesn’t want us to ignore or deny our circumstances, but He does want us to deny their right to control us through negative thinking. Joseph was a young boy sold into slavery by his very own brothers, “but God was with him,” and eventually Joseph became second in command over all of Egypt. I believe that even though Joseph had difficult circumstances, he knew God was greater than them.
Learn to think and say, “I may have problems, but God is with me.” One might think, I lost my job, but God is faithful. Another may think, My husband left me with our two kids, but God is our Provider. I had to think, I was abused, but God has promised me double for my trouble. I didn’t get to go to college, but God promoted me anyway. The sick person can think, I have health problems, but God is my healer.
No matter what you don’t have, you do have God—and with Him, all things are possible.
Prayer Starter: Father, I don’t necessarily like my circumstances, but I know You are with me and I am asking You to cause me to succeed.