The Lord recently brought this question to my heart. Please consider this article in that it could mean life or death for those to whom you are called.
Am I in The Place of God?
By Gale Maiden
Most Christians know the story of Joseph. I must often remind myself that the same process of suffering which beset Joseph happens to most believers. The good news is that the end of the story of Joseph is resurrection for the whole house of Israel.
As we see in the following scripture Joseph, when being asked by his brothers for forgiveness, asked them a question, “Am I in the place of God?”
But Yosef (Joseph) said to them (his brothers), “Don’t be afraid! Am I in the place of God? You meant to do me harm, but God meant it for good — so that it would come about as it is today, with many people’s lives being saved. So don’t be afraid — I will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he comforted them, speaking kindly to them (to their heart).
Genesis 50:19-21 Complete Jewish Bible
Joseph demonstrated the glorious power of forgiveness. Joseph eloquently answered his own question when declaring that which was in his heart. From Joseph’s place in the heart of God he spoke kindness to their hearts, rebuked their fear and gave them all that they needed to sustain life.
Do not Become Bitter
The writer of the Book of Hebrews warns all who desire to become mature sons of God will require discipline. True sonship is the reality of being in the heart or place of God.
Rejected disciplines from God can sometimes create within the heart a root of bitterness. This root of bitterness can bring defilement to many around us.
See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;
Hebrews 12:15 NASU
Joseph could have become bitter and rejected his brother’s request for forgiveness after all that they had done against Joseph.
Obviously through the God ordained process of suffering Joseph realized that it was not his brothers who controlled the big picture of that which God was doing in his life and the life of Israel.
The Hebrew word for place in the subject scripture literally means humble. Our place in God is a result of humility of heart before God and not the circumstances which surround us. Circumstances should never dictate how we perceive our relationship with God. As with Joseph his circumstances were all good and were a part of his place in God.
What the brothers meant for evil God meant for good. Joseph’s destiny or place in God through humility of heart was to save the lives of the whole house of Israel.
Rejoice…Our Father is Placing His Josephs
Our lives often look and feel like that which happened to Joseph. As Joseph humbled himself and submitted to the plan and purpose of God for his life there was deposited in his spirit a great faith deposit of compassion with the purpose of saving lives.
Let us Activate the Following…
The body of Christ is called to resurrect the dead. The first Adam through sin lost life but thank God the Last Adam Jesus has restored life to all who will believe.
Every man and woman has been given a measure of faith. Our measure of faith is our place of God.
Jesus said that he was going to prepare a place for us. This was spoken by Jesus just prior to the all-powerful life giving work of the cross leading to resurrection. Jesus lived on a daily basis a life of going to a place in the heart of his Father God.
Thank God for literal mansions but honestly I am more excited about my present place in the heart of God from which life may flow to mankind.
P.S. On a lighter side I have been thinking about doing a long term lease on my mansion. Since I am now in the place of God I have decided to place my mansion on the lease market. I have a call in to Saint Peter. Anyone interested? Oh by the way my mansion is in a pearly gated community. No need allowing it to sit unoccupied. Glory to God!