challenge

In our next track on Challenge, we will be looking at Genesis 42:15

And this is how you will be tested: As surely as Pharaoh lives, you will not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here.

The question on the table is, ‘Will you be willing to sacrifice somebody else for your own good? They had done it before. 

God will often bring to us challenging situations where we have failed before. Our natural human instinct is to never go there again. Sometimes that is wise, having no business being in that place. Others times because that is a core part of our dynamic, God brings it up until we can frame it properly. By taking us back to the very same place prove to us that we have outgrown it.

Joseph showed them in this test that they were different. They had changed. They were not the same brothers that they had been early on. Not willing to sacrifice one for the rest. 

Sometimes we don’t know if we are past a thing until we do a stress test. God gives us a premeditated slow test giving us time to think to ponder, evaluate and to come to a conclusion. Will we go in this direction again or not? Will we embrace the covenant posture or see things through the eyes of poverty, slavery and make a decision based on fear?

There are also situations that are speed tested by exposing to us out of love revealing our deficiencies. We now know we have some work to do in that area. What will you process out of that to change your life? What will you do instinctively in a moment of a stress test? We might not know until that actual moment. Are your adrenals and kidneys trained to the point that you might risk your life for another at a moments notice? When the test comes, will we focus on the right action or the fear based self protection stuff?

blessing for challenge

I bless you adrenals and kidneys with celebrating all the right choices where you did not cop out. In the night watches I encourage you to pull up the file for the things you have done right. Those situations where you were under pressure with a slow or fast stress test, life threatening or not and observe the progress you have made. 

In what areas are you rock solid where your instinctive reaction is to do the right thing? Celebrate those areas where you are already extraordinary, grounded in truth in wise knowledge in an understanding of covenant so whether the stress test is fast or slow you have past it. Celebrate that. Thank God for all the tings he has taken you through to bring you to that amazing place.

questions to ponder

Having listened to this section on Challenge, what are your thoughts and emotions that bubble up? How do you relate to what is being described?

Many times we focus on the failures and end up wallowing in guilt and shame. God in the story of Joseph is waiting for those stories of redemption. He knows what we are capable of. It is time to turn the table on our failures and partner with God for rock steady stories we can be proud of. Can you share one with us big or small? They all count.

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