PLINKO!!!!! In a game of Plinko it doesn’t matter where you start the disk. You could start to the left, you could start to the right. You could start in the middle. It doesn’t matter what pathway the disk takes. It always ends up in the same place; at the bottom. Why? Because it is operating under a law of nature: gravity.
Gravity: The force that attracts a person or object toward the center of the earth.
Simply because the law of gravity is at play, the disk that starts up high must end up down low. It can bounce from peg to peg, it can go left and then right, but it will always end up at the bottom.
There is a truth today that I want each of you to take a hold of and understand about the promises of God. In a similar way to the way the Plinko disk must operate under the laws of nature (gravity). God’s promises must operate under the law of God’s nature.
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God is not a man, that he might lie, or a son of man, that he might change his mind.
Does he speak and not act, or promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19 (CSB)
One of the things we need to know about God’s nature is that he is immutable. Which is a fancy way of saying he is unchanging. Which means that we can trust that when He says something He is not later going to change his mind and not do it.
So, that means that if God has given you a promise, he has set you on a pathway toward His purposes for your life. It doesn’t matter where you start or what circumstances you were born into. It doesn’t matter if the journey doesn’t seem to go the straightforward way. He will, in time, get you to the promise. Because that’s the nature of God.
What is happening right now may not be part of your plan. You may be in a place that seems far off from the promise. You may have hit something along the way; broken marriage, addiction, betrayal, tragedy, discouragement, burnout.
Can I tell you,
If it’s not the promise then it’s not the end.
Joseph was a man with a delayed predestined promise. He was a man with a God given dream. God gave Joseph a dream in which he saw his brothers bowing down to him. It was a promise of leadership and Godly authority.
But while the promise was still in its most infant form he was taken by his brothers and, out of jealousy, he was thrown into a pit and then sold as a slave.
Now Joseph had been taken to Egypt. An Egyptian named Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and the captain of the guards, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, serving in the household of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made everything he did successful, Joseph found favor with his master and became his personal attendant. Potiphar also put him in charge of his household and placed all that he owned under his authority. From the time that he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house because of Joseph. The Lord’s blessing was on all that he owned, in his house and in his fields. He left all that he owned under Joseph’s authority; he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Genesis 39: 1 – 6 (CSB)
Here are a few things I have learnt from Joseph:
1. If God puts something on your life, it’s hard to keep it down.
Have you ever spoken to someone who is so passionate about something that it doesn’t matter what conversation you are having, they will find a way of bringing in the topic they are passionate about? I remember watching a dating show once and there was a young man on the show who was very passionate about cheese. It didn’t matter what the conversation was, he would always steer it toward cheese. He just couldn’t help himself!
It’s like that when it comes to the promise of God over your life. It will always have a way of turning up.
The call on Joseph’s life was leadership and it didn’t matter where he was, it didn’t matter what circumstances surrounded him, it didn’t matter how hopeless it all looked, what God put in him He caused to come out of him.
That is why you will find that out of your biggest mess can come your greatest message. It’s not just that the mess draws it out of us (although it does), it is that He predestined it in us and so even in the mess it will outwork itself through us.
Leadership was a promise over Joseph’s life and so it didn’t matter where life took him, leadership would be where he would end up.
There is a promise over your life – it doesn’t matter where life takes you, the promise is where you will end up.
When God speaks a promise over you, He can use any circumstance to fulfil what He predestined for you.
2. It is God who will.
Our story continues and we see Joseph falsely accused and thrown into prison. While Joseph is in prison he is asked by Pharaoh to interpret a dream.
Joseph answers Pharaoh’s request like this: “I am not able to, it is God who will…”
Now consider this moment with me. Joseph has been given a dream, a promise, but at every turn his situation is going from bad to worse. He was probably wondering if he would ever see the day when all that God had showed him would come to pass. It’s really easy, in a moment when opportunity seems to strike, to try and push or strive to make it happen yourself. He was probably thinking, “this is my moment, this could be my day, I can’t mess it up, I have to make sure I get this right.”
But I love that Joseph acknowledges that if he succeeds, it’s not because of anything he has done, it has to be God who will do it. It has to be God who will open the door. It has to be God who will promote.
Joseph doesn’t push any doors he isn’t supposed to push, he doesn’t strive to grasp hold of something that isn’t his or isn’t in the right timing. He simply trusts that it is God who will.
I don’t know if you have ever felt like you have no idea how you are going to get yourself out of the mess your life is in. Let me remind you, it is not on you, it is God who will.
Don’t try and push for, manufacture, manipulate or strive for what God has already predestined you for, is preparing you for and has paid for.
3. God is with you on the way.
Joseph ends up, with God’s help, interpreting the dream for Pharaoh which lands him the job as Prime-Minister over Egypt. Joseph set up a plan that would see Egypt through a famine.
We are now at the point in the story where we see the return of Joseph’s family (remember the brothers that sold him and faked his death?). During the famine they fell upon hard times and came to Joseph for help, although they did not know it was him. After some time he revealed himself to his brothers.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Please, come near me,” and they came near. “I am Joseph, your brother,” he said, “the one you sold into Egypt. And now don’t be grieved or angry with yourselves for selling me here, because God sent me ahead of you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there will be five more years without plowing or harvesting. God sent me ahead of you to establish you as a remnant within the land and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. Therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God. Genesis 45:4-8 (CSB)
A number of years ago Steve and I were in England. One day we went on an adventure to find Stone Henge. On the way back from our day out, we stopped at a petrol station, but when we went to get back on the motorway we had to enter it via a complicated roundabout and we ended up getting on the motorway heading in the direction we had just come from. The most annoying thing was that it was 30 minutes until we got to another exit where we could turn around and get back on going the right way. That’s an hour of travelling and making no ground. Now, I was navigating and Steve was driving and look, lets be honest, we still blame each other today for getting it wrong. We were both shouting, both panicking and both adamant that the other was to blame!
Often when we find ourselves in unexpected places we try and find someone or something to blame for us being there. We blame the devil, our family, spouse, boss, parents or the person who hurt us. We even blame ourselves.
But Joseph realised something we all need to realise:
It’s not about who put you there, it’s about who’s with you there.
God is with you on the way; through every twist, through every turn, through every detour and reroute, He is with you on the way. Some of us are so busy blaming everyone for where we are in our lives that we have forgotten that God is with us.
At every stage in Joseph’s journey, whether he was in a pit, in shackles or in a prison, one thing was clear : The Lord was with Joseph.
Whether you are going through a divorce, through burnout or through a betrayal; the Lord is with you!!!
For all of God’s promises find their “yes” of fulfillment in him. And as his “yes” and our “amen” ascend to God, we bring him glory! 2 Corinthians 1:20 (TPT)
If it’s not the promise, it’s not the end.
Now, go out there and live like you believe it.