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Annually on August 4
I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah's time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. (Luke 4:25, 26)
If you are reading this, the same applies to you. Remember you have been chosen by God to be a part of his kingdom here on earth and in eternity. The Apostle Paul says,
"For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:29, 30)
The Lord Jesus Christ has a plan and purpose for your life. Predestined, called, justified, glorified is the main plan, but while you live on earth, he has a specific plan for you like he had for Abraham and Sarah.
When you sit at his feet, he will reveal his plan for your life. Nothing haphazard, he will tell you things specifically. Because you have been chosen by him, he will arrange situations and circumstances to bring about the plans that he has for your life.
Though Joseph set out to obey his father and enquire about the well-being of his brothers, he landed in Egypt without friends or family, but God had planned things beforehand. God knew that his brothers would throw him in the pit and plan to kill him, so he sent the Ishmaelites at the right time and made them change their mind by speaking through Judah, so they sold him to the Ishmaelites instead of killing him.
Before Joseph reached Egypt, God had already chosen the house where Joseph would stay for the next 11 years.
Live close to God and you will see his plans for you taking shape and being fulfilled. Never forget that you are chosen by God.
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian