A God Connected Life (Elder Frank Nakasone)

Bad things will happened to us. Jesus said it in John 16:33b “In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
In the spring of 2021, I took a nasty fall while entering our kitchen. It really messed up my left shoulder. Two years has elapsed and I still do not have 100% shoulder functionality. Here’s my question to you and to myself: what’s my responsibility when trouble comes and what’s God’s?

For some perspective, we’ll look at the tumultuous life of Joseph, the son of Jacob. Tribulation was with Joseph from his earliest days; through no fault of his own. When he was an early teen, his brothers were jealous of the attention he garnered from their father Jacob, threw him into a deep pit and sold him off to slave traders. The traders sold Joseph to Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s bodyguards in Egypt. Trouble followed Joseph there as well, as Potiphar’s wife continually tries to seduce him, then gets him thrown into prison. While in prison, he uses his dream interpretation gifts to help two of Pharaoh’s court officials,
only to have them forget about him and his good deeds, letting him rot in jail for two years. That is a long list of woes!

What’s God up to during these terrible events? Is He silent? Uncaring? Too busy? Nope! He is very much interested and involved. Twice in Genesis 39 we see that “the LORD was with Joseph” and later, “the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake”. God is active and intends to restore multiple countries through Joseph’s hardships and resolve.

In Grace and Peace,
Frank Nakasone