The Weekly Breather: The Master Weaver

Be Still

Find a quiet place to relax and be still before the Lord. Breathe deeply. Just be.

Listen

Read the following passage slowly and ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to what He might be speaking to you.

You intended it for evil,
but God intended it for good
to accomplish what is now being done,
the saving of many lives.
Genesis 50:20

Consider

Trouble. Pain. Evil. Suffering.

We are all touched by it. Joseph’s life was full of it—sold into slavery at a very young age by his own brothers, falsely accused for doing the right thing, then unjustly thrown into prison to be forgotten and die.

But God had other plans.

Through a series of miraculous events, the Lord promoted Joseph to second in command in Egypt and used him to save the known world from famine.

Joseph’s brothers intended evil against Joseph; but in and through it all, God intended good.

The word “intended” originally meant “to weave.” This is beautiful. Can you see Him, the Master Weaver, moving into the midst of our misery, skillfully picking up the broken pieces of our lives and intersecting His goodness to produce healing, redemption, restoration, and salvation?

He is a genius Artisan who has the ability to incorporate throwaway materials into His masterpiece. God takes the dingy, frayed strands of our pain and suffering and weaves into them His glorious silk threads of goodness, creating a beautiful tapestry of limitless and eternal worth.

Respond

Allow the Lord to speak to you about a specific area of pain in your life. Listen to the wise words of Joni Eareckson Tada: “God allows what He hates to accomplish what He loves.” God hates to see you suffer, but He is here in the midst of it to do you good. He has a beautiful plan to weave good into the midst of this pain.

Close your eyes and see the Master Weaver taking your broken threads and interlacing them with His golden, strong, silk threads. Watch Him as He uses what the enemy or others meant for evil to accomplish something amazing in your life—something that could not have happened any other way. Let Him have those broken threads, He needs them to complete His masterpiece.

You are His masterpiece.

Pray

Father, thank You that You are Lord over all my pain and troubles. I thank You that You are bigger than my pain and that You are here in the midst of my pain to do good to me. Help me to see my pain from Your perspective. Help me to truly believe that You do work all things together for my good. Thank You that You love me and that You do all things well. Amen.

Kelly Bixler

Kelly Bixler is a freelance proofreader and copy editor at thewriteproofreader.com, is Coordinator of the Beeson Center at Asbury Theological Seminary, and is a member of the Soul Care Community Steering Committee.

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