Being Godlike is possible. No, really. It is.
“But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.” — Genesis 45:5
Joseph does more than forgive his brothers for what they did to him—sell him into slavery—which, in and of itself, is a pretty amazing feat on the forgiveness scale; Joseph is also amazingly prophetic here. He drops into conversation that God had this whole course of events impeccably planned.
“Guys,” Joseph says to his bros, “it was SUPPOSED to go down like this. God planned for me to go ahead of you and save your lives.”
Um, WHO talks like this? Who gets such wisdom, such understanding?
The answer is we all can.
Sometimes some of us do come close to divine wisdom and understanding, and like me, you may hear poignant, incredible, and impromptu mini sermons around a table at a Bible study, but no one I know gets a saint card. Nope. Nada. No one is just that perfect or wonderful ALL the time. So, how is it possible to be Godlike? Here’s a 1-2-3.
First, talk to God. All the time. When the Apostle Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to pray without ceasing? Yeah. He means that.
Second, realize God is in control. God isn’t sovereign just during the good stuff, but in and through the bad stuff, too. Psalm 115: 3 says, “Our God is in the heavens: He does all that He pleases.” Jeremiah 32:27 adds this. “Behold, I am Yahweh, the God of all flesh: is anything too hard for me?”
Third, bend, don’t break. Joseph had it tough. The ‘no picnic’ life was his, but he saw “the long road” which I talked about in last week’s sermon. A Big Picture guy, he didn’t let the little stuff bother him because he knew who had this. Check into Job 38 for a reminder or a reorientation because God asks Job some humbling questions, two of them being where was Job when God laid the earth’s foundation, or shut up the sea behind doors.
The bottom line is we can speak for God because we can be like God. Our potential for sin and selfishness remains, oh yes, but our ability to be Godlike is present, too. Choose the second option.
PRAYER: Oh God, build me in Your image today, even—or especially—if heavy construction machinery needs to be involved. Amen.