8/19/2004

The Invisible Hand

Filed under: — joe @ 1:53 pm

I’ve been waist deep in reading lately, trying to catch up on everything that’s been sitting around for far too long. Right now I’m reading The Invisible Hand by R.C. Sproul… so far it’s turning out to be a great book about God’s providence. With all that has happened over the last few years, it seems that it is easy to forget about God’s hand of providence. When you’re in the midst of suffering, you usually can’t see the forest for the trees… or in this case, I can’t see God’s sovereign plan through my own faithlessness. It’s there though, just like it was for Joseph (not that I’m the head of Egypt or anything… maybe the head of my TiVo) in his day. It’s a humbling thing to see God working in your life… I don’t deserve it but it still pleases Him to work all things for good. To quote my friend Derek, “I am thankful that I’m incapable of doing any good on my own”.

I tend not to talk about politics too much, but I do know that with the election coming up (no matter what side you fall on), I’ll find solace in that fact that God is in complete control. I’m going out and voting, but I’m trusting in God’s providence for this country. If I could only trust in God the way that Joseph did… so that in the end, I could honestly look back and say “God meant it for good”.

I’ll leave you with this song I wrote a while back about the life of Joseph.

For good to be done

My dad brought us here to live in the hills of Hebron and that’s where my family made a home
One day he gave to me a coat of many colors when I was just seventeen years old
But then God sent me a dream, my brothers, they were afraid
So they tore my coat from me and then they sent me away
But I know the Lord is with me like I know I’m Jacob’s son
And though evil’s meant against me, God means for good to be done

I was taken down to Egypt where I was to be sold and still the Lord was with me everyday
In my master’s house I found favor in his sight, but that’s not where I was meant to stay
Because I heard sin whisper to me so I just up and fled
And I was thrown in prison for the lies that she said
But I know the Lord is with me like I know I’m Jacob’s son
And though evil’s meant against me, God means for good to be done

Well I found myself in prison for something I didn‘t do, still the Lord showed mercy toward me
It was there that I prospered inside those prison walls but soon the Lord would set me free
Because God sent down a dream and Pharaoh sent for my help
So I told him everything that the dream had to tell
Because I know the Lord is with me like I know I’m Jacob’s son
And though evil’s meant against me, God means for good to be done

The seven years of plenty ended just like in the dream, seven years of famine had begun
My family came to Egypt where grain was being sold, where God prepared for all that was to come
I said do not be afraid for I’m where God wants me to be
It was not you who sent me here but it was God who sent me
And I know the Lord’s been with me like I know I’m Jacob’s son
And though you meant evil against me, God meant for good to be done

Copyright Joe Bassett 2004

Grace and Peace,
Joe

2 Responses to “The Invisible Hand”

  1. the Sage Says:

    That song brings back the very fond memories of the concert last fall.

  2. joe Says:

    i’m glad that your memories of the concert are “fond”… you’ll have to come down to a show this fall. there’s bound to be one around here somewhere.

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