Welcome to His Name, My Purpose, a site dedicated to showcasing the incredible names of our Maker. Each name of God in the Old Testament is a revelation of God's attributes. As we are exposed to them, they broaden our kingdom view and modify our thinking and behavior. Even a small glimpse of God’s character can wash our ordinary routines with new motivation, and bathe our agendas with fresh vision. Enjoy your walk through the names of God.

August 4, 2012

A Bigger Story

His brothers hated him. Some even plotted to kill him. But they settled on throwing him into a pit while they ate their lunch. When a more lucrative option came into view, Joseph’s brothers sold their own flesh and blood to passing slave traders, who in turn sold him to an Egyptian master.  The master’s wife continually harassed Joseph and finally accused him of rape, which landed him in the dungeon. His cell mate swore to remember his plight and put in a good word for him upon release, but completely forgot about him for two full years. Who would envy the life of Joseph?

But that’s only half the story. Amidst all the turmoil in Joseph’s life, God was at work. The Bible says God stayed with Joseph, caused him to become a successful man, made all his endeavors prosper, blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of him, extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer (Genesis 39). Finally Pharaoh, himself, recognized Joseph’s wisdom and positioned him over all the land of Egypt (41:39-44).

Joseph came to know God as El Elyon, the Most High God, who reigned over both his trials and his successes. He saw El Elyon weaving these outcomes in and out of history to accomplish His purposes. Although Joseph’s brothers tried to determine his future, ultimate control did not belong to them. Joseph told them, “Do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life” (45:5-8).

Like Joseph, we are never merely a victim of our circumstances, or of our personality, or of our family, or even our failures. There is always a bigger story of what El Elyon is doing. We are not responsible for the end product. We are just called to obey. God asks us to be diligent workers in His kingdom. We plan, we organize, and we implement the very best we can. But El Elyon has ultimate control, not us. He tweaks our plans. He reshapes our organized piles. And He most definitely determines the outcomes according to that which best serves His purposes.

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