I was helping to sow a wheat crop. It was something I had never done before, but I didn’t have to do it on my own, because the farmer was helping me. He had done this many times before, it wasn’t new to him. Along one stretch there was a tree in the way, but I was told I didn’t need to worry because he would take the wheel and steer around it. When we came to it, I took the wheel back, thinking I needed to help. His hand was strong enough to keep control.
It is safe to let the wheel go into more capable hands.
Jesus never took control of the wheel, but He left the control fully in the hands of His Heavenly Father. With Jesus, nothing ever disturbed the peace of a perfect trust or spoiled the perfect fruit that was produced in His life. God didn’t steer Jesus around the crucifixion, but He gave Him the strength to keep on course, that He could be the Sacrifice for us and open up the way to His eternal rest.
Genesis 37:2. When Joseph left his father to seek his brethren, it was in his plan to return to the father that day. He was taken from the place he loved because God had a greater work for him to do. God plans ahead, and He plans for eternity. His brethren could separate him from his natural father, but not from his Father in Heaven.
Joseph let God set the course and in Potiphar’s house Joseph had the assurance that: ‘God knows where I am, and I can commit all to Him.’ God’s blessing on Joseph was also extended to Potiphar because he could be trusted.
In that field he sowed in faith with contentment (peace) and thankfulness. He didn’t sow any seeds of discontent.
There was an obstacle that was getting bigger every day, but he let God steer around that, and as a result God took him out and put him in another field.
In the prison he continued to let God control, and it led to being in favour with the keeper of the prison. He sowed gentleness, goodness and loving kindness. He cared for the other prisoners when they were sad, and God took control to answer their dreams and tell them their future. He sowed long-suffering when he was forgotten, but he knew he wasn’t forgotten by God.
In God’s time, he was taken out of that field into a very large field, with a very big responsibility. Joseph sowed meekness and temperance in the palace, and it never went to his head. He sowed joy when he saw his father’s face again. When he saw his brethren, he didn’t sow revenge or hatred, but love, that enabled him to draw them close to his heart.
“Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is now set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”