Losing to Gain: Through the Prison to the Promise

“22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed

Because His compassions fail not,

23 They are new every morning;

Great is your faithfulness.”

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV)

I’ve heard it said that, “There are a thousand things that God is doing  every time something painful happens to you. Most of these you do not know or understand, just as Job, Joseph, and Esther did not know what God was doing in their losses.”

What would have happened if they didn’t recognize the brand new mercies of God in the midst of their pain and in the things that they didn’t understand as to why they were happening in their lives.

What if Job in losing everything didn’t trust in the mercies of God? Would he have been blessed?

What if Joseph, in the hurt of being sold by his brothers into slavery, falsely accused by his master’s wife, and thrown into prison, held onto the pain of his circumstances and the uncertainty it produced, instead of believing in the faithfulness of God?

What if Esther, in the pain of being raised an orphan, and later being taken away from the life that she knew into one that was all too uncertain, didn’t trust in God’s faithfulness? What would have happened to the Jews?

Don’t be limited by carrying yesterday’s load. What God has for you today you can only take up in its fullness when you recognize each day as a brand new mercy. His faithfulness will see you through. God is greater than our circumstances.

“God’s promise to Joseph purged his character until it was time for his dreams to come true.” Psalm 105:19

Joseph had a promise from God. For years it may have seemed to Joseph that God had forgotten him, or had forgotten what was promised, but still Joseph remained faithful. Even after being sold into slavery by his own brothers, being falsely accused and thrown into prison, Joseph remained faithful to God, and he was blessed in what he did. Even while a prisoner, Joseph was put in charge of the prison. In what could have seemed like the most bleak of circumstances, God was with Joseph, and he prospered. I believe this time in the prison was a preparation time for Joseph to prepare him for and position him to receive the promise that God had spoken. Joseph had to lose in order to gain something greater.

Having nothing left to lose invokes a radical response.

What do you have left to lose? Is it worth it for you to trade your purpose/dreams for momentary pleasure? The things of this world are fleeting compared to the surpassing greatness of our God. He is more than enough to satisfy all you have ever needed.

What situation do you find yourself in right now in which you feel like you are losing something? How can you recognize God’s faithfulness today in this situation?

Have you received a promise from God that seems like it is not coming around? Maybe you wonder if you heard it right, or if it was even for you in the first place. Maybe it seems like you are losing and you are stuck wondering how any of this will work. This doesn’t mean that God has forgotten you. Like Joseph, maybe you too are being prepared in the prison to receive the promise. Trust in God’s faithfulness through the process, from the prison to the promise.

Lord, help us, in the times we are losing, to see with heavenly vision what we can gain in You. Thank you that you are faithful in every circumstance, every pain, every loss, every aspect of our lives. May you be glorified in us today.

About Brittany Ketter :

Brittany is a writer, dancer, and speaker who desires to raise up a generation of women who are wholeheartedly devoted to God—experiencing health and healing from Him as they walk in His purposes. She serves as Fine Arts and Dance Director at New Day Assembly, ministering to and with youth. A 2013 graduate of Victory School of Ministry, Brittany is currently enrolled in the Biblical Counseling Institute and her local community college. When she is not working, dancing, or in class, Brittany enjoys spending time outdoors (when it is warm), shopping for stationary, and being with her family (including her adorable black lab, Sadie), and eating rainbow sherbet one color at a time.