From the Pit to the Palace- The Messy Parts of Weight Loss

Are you going through something hard right now?
It might be in your health or maybe in another area of your life.  Yes, it feels excruciating in the middle of the journey, but I want to encourage you today.
In your life, it’s exciting to think and talk about how great it’s going to be when your dreams come true, but you may not have given as much thought to the middle.  The middle is the stuff between your dream and its fulfillment. And yet, that is where you probably keep getting stuck.
When you’re stuck in the middle, it’s hard to hang on to your dreams, especially when things aren’t going as you planned. When you thought that it would take you eight months and you’re now into year three, will you still give God the glory? Will you still be an effective witness, even when you’re in the pit?
From the Pit to the Palace

Joseph was the youngest of the twelve sons of Jacob (the son of Isaac and Rebecca and grandson of Abraham.) Because Joseph had the audacity to share his big noble dreams and he was highly favored by his father, his jealous brothers threw him in a pit to die. But God had other plans. God had already marked his future with a great promise which took him from the depths of a pit to the heights of a palace.

The Messy Middle

The messy middle between the pit to the palace was long and arduous. He was left for dead and then sold by his brothers to Midianite traders; he was sold into slavery in Egypt; he was exposed to sexual temptation, and he was imprisoned and forgotten. Yet, despite all that, he still believed he could do great things. Ultimately, he ended up second in command to Pharaoh, the ruler over all Egypt.

There’s so much that you can learn from Joseph that can help you on your health journey, or any other task that God has put in your heart to do.

Through the Scripture he always acted with integrity; he always did the right thing, and most importantly, he gave God the glory for what He had done.

When Potiphar’s wife tries to seduce him, he says “It would be a great sin against God” (Gen. 39:9).

And when he is asked to interpret the King’s dreams, he says, “Interpreting dreams is God’s business” (Gen. 40:8).

The Promise

His assignment was never about himself; it was always about God. He could have lain with Potiphar’s wife and no one would have been the wiser. And he could have used his ability to interpret the dreams for his own edification, but he turned the opportunity into a powerful witness for the Lord.

Joseph remained positive—he refused to be bitter, he maintained his confidence, and most importantly, he was filled with the Spirit of God (Gen. 41:38). The Bible especially emphasizes his integrity.

It’s this integrity and commitment to the Lord that allowed Joseph to rise from the pit of the well to second in command in the King’s palace.

When you’re committed to honoring the Lord, He will take what the enemy meant for evil and use it for His glory and purpose.

What trials are you going through right now? Yes, it hurts. Yes, it’s hard.

But know that like Joseph, God is still with you in your messy middles, entrust these hard times to God and watch Him work in your favour!

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Scripture Reflection

“And Joseph dreamed a dream …” Genesis 37:5 KJV

“Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” Genesis 41:46 NIV


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