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A Treasure You Must Not Miss, Part 3

Insight for Living / Chuck Swindoll
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December 29, 2021 7:05 am

A Treasure You Must Not Miss, Part 3

Insight for Living / Chuck Swindoll

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Hello this is Dave Speicher reminding you that Friday on New Year's Eve insight for living will close the books on another ministry year to give your special year-end donation right now, go to or call 1-800-772-8888 today and encouraging message to those who suffer when you brace the Providence God's his courage and put it so beautifully. There is no so God is not still the deep your past is not so bitter tragic God can use it for good.

March 2020 until now. All of us have witnessed some of even experienced unparalleled tragedy. Dammit financial crisis and political debates that escalated the verbal slugfest today on Insight for living. Chuck Swindoll invites us to pause and see God's divine purpose in it all without clinging to his plan. We tend to get tangled up in the trivial details the process we missed the treasure. Let's figure out the study now is check reminders about the familiar story of Joseph through a set of circumstances. Many of you will remember Joseph is called into Pharaoh had a dream dreams and Joseph interprets the dreams and Pharaoh is so impressed with, he says, a man who can do this deserves to be second in command when you read Genesis you will find that Joseph is placed as the Prime Minister at age 30, second in command over all of Egypt is given the roles of royalty. He's given a chariot magnificent chariot that is his own now.

All this happens while the brothers are back in Canaan, and the famine.

This happened in their starving they need food there is grain in Egypt they know nothing of what's happened to their brother. They couldn't care less out of sight out of mind, Joseph, is there looks up one day and in front of him. Is he sitting in this very special seat of authority appears his brothers now know Joseph didn't miss the treasure. There's no moment there's no blame.

There's no retaliation and revenge. There's no getting even getting back to Sydney's brothers of mine, a lesson watching him squirm as he makes life miserable for them, putting them in a dungeon. No do that.

Note he says. Ultimately, I am Joseph that they are absolutely blown away one of a fear course they fear retaliation. That's the most human thing you would expect after age 17 to 30 nothing but bad news originally calls by those who resented and hated abuse. The bad habit of enslaved not in her Joseph. I turned in my Bible to Genesis 50 verse 19 and 20. The greatest versus I think in the book of Genesis look for yourself. Joseph standing before his brothers who are still afraid of him. He says don't be afraid of me for some of these words and my God that I can punish you know your thinking right now. Well he was in denial even really remember all that. No way you not read enough read on you intended to harm me then so like denial to me you intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good look at that sounds like Romans 828 where it all works together for good, but isn't true because of the verse ends God intended it all for good. He brought me to this he brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people he doesn't say so, but we could add even use brothers of mine, and he invites him to come and live in the land of Goshen. The best part of Egypt and he offers them a life free of starvation and they bring their dad, they bring their younger brother Benjamin and is a family reunion like you'll seldom see the thing I love about it is that he didn't miss the treasure. That's what I long for each one of us know are the details of our lives will be different. It can be worse than Joseph's from 17 to age 31 after another hardship broken moment disappointment unfair treatment abuse, slavery is no blame. See when you embrace the Providence of God. Your blame goes away your resentment is erased. Even yours. Whoever you may be listening to me right now is Corrie 10 boom, put it so beautifully.

There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still, the deep pit of your past is not so bitter and tragic. God can't use it for good. That's what verse 28, 29 and 30 are all about. He is at work to conform us into the image of his son really great to think that by the end of this year, and a little over 360 days as you evaluate your life and look back over these months and see the changes the way you handle life differently because you've not missed the treasure and you realize standing there at the end of the month of December. This year you're more like Jesus than you've ever been in all your years. You didn't just happen is not because of you. Obviously it's because of what he's doing in you see he uses these broken moments. These heartbreaks these disappointments. These losses as well as blessings and encouragements and promotions.

Enjoy this evening blends them all together and in his predetermined plan. He shapes us according to his very own son who may have forgotten the Scripture teaches, though Jesus was the son he learned obedience through the things he suffered quite a statement. Hebrews 58 and the seventh volume of his 10 volume work on Romans, at least in the set. I have by Donald Barnhouse. I found these words as he writes on Romans eight I want you to hear them. I want you to listen carefully.

I'm going to describe your year as it may unfold. Barnhouse writes there is no will or act of creatures. Men and angels or demons that can do other than work for our good dog can mark against us.

No man or woman can speak or act against us. No sinister power of evil can be against us. But all must be for our good. There is no phenomenon of nature, flood, fire, storm, earthquake that can work us ultimate ill. The law of gravity cannot trip us up or cause us anything or cause anything to Paul upon us unless it is first bid sifted through the will of God's purpose for our good. Every experience of our individual circumstances for the temptations or what ever concerns us humbles us and forces us to rely on him who alone can satisfy all things work together for our good. Otherwise, the Lord would not permit I'm pausing there because that is a head full of information for you to work through. See if you miss this life-changing providence of God. During this new year. It will become as irritating and frustrating and worrisome and discouraging as the old year is been and who hasn't said were so glad to wave goodbye to this old here. Your new year will be just like all the details will be different, but your reaction if not the same.

Your reactions will be worse.

Your attitude will be more negative. You'll find yourself pushing back and fighting more and more resenting and resisting.

Unless you claim this truth and make it the treasurer of the year for you are so long that for that to be for all of us.

John Noxon hammed the British novelist and poet died in 1941, but lived in an era when great words meant something wrote a piece titled God's handwriting. Listen to it with your life in mind. Listen to it with mine in mind, God writes in characters to grand for our shorts like to understand. We catch but broken strokes and try to fathom all the mystery of withered hopes of death of life, the endless war. The useless strife with their with larger, clearer site. We shall see, this is way was right. We shall see, this is way was right course. It was the word wrong is never attached to our God. It works together for good. I will take the time but I could tell your stories from my own life where I looking back I realize how I thought it and resisted it didn't know the treasurer didn't understand God was in it but when it finally dawned on me began to make a study of things like weeping dealing with this in this message. It is amazing how the flight ended whether it was 16 months of loneliness in the military, far removed from my wife and family. I look back and I realize without that, I wouldn't blame the man I am today with all the things I have yet to grow and learn about what giant steps those lonely months provided our loss of two children before they were born one a little girl.

The cord wrapped around her neck little over five months along in Cynthia's will, not to be born another too young to know that whether it was a little more little girl at the time so grievous, so painful. Looking back, the purpose even in that you will. I understand those who lose babies premature before the book the birth do I ever probably went through with all of that in the disappointments.

People in events, circumstances. But I so desperately would've been another way they weren't, and I look back and say that's the reason I could see it at the time but now it makes sense. It's worked together. I think that's why when you get older you just is probably why we nap a little longer now. What's to sweat with the worry and used to be a unit would when you have one child remember is at one and and everything revolved around that one child when you iron his pajamas anything and you prepared every little thing so that no terms ever got on anything and then you wound up having or maybe 567 minute pacifier drops and before you pick up a stick and plug it right back at you and you say to midnight sleep anywhere, sleep, and anything you want to sleep in just sleep amazing. Why you went through that process and you learn the hard way. There was no reason to sweat the small stuff. By the way this crosses in small it's one of the largest things in this entire worship center because it looms large in every life even though you personally may have bypassed it, thinking what I just come to church enough.

I just learn the songs of I just spent time with enough Christians of I just carry a Bible, maybe even by a study Bible. If I could just maybe learn these verses rub all salvation doesn't come by osmosis.

Need to believe in the one who died on the cross or let me tell you something, it won't work together for good. The ending of your life will be a heartbreaking reality or you find yourself without God throughout eternity in the lowest in the loneliest place in existence with others who thought they could make it without Christ. You can you will plead today for you. You're not a Christian that you turn your life over to the Lord Jesus right now. What a beautiful way to begin this new I started at the cross and everything from then on was watching God work shaping my life to become more like the one who died for me. What a way to live your heads when you fight time is over. As you're sitting there pondering so many things. Make sure you can look back and see a moment when Christ and you became linked together by faith you trusted in him as your one and only Savior you took God at his word and you believe in the Lord Jesus never done that. Today's the day right now. He who has the son has the life. He who does not have the son of God does not have the life God so loved the world he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him will never perish but have everlasting life. That's a promise you can count talk about her treasure is the greatest that's ever been made available to us turned to Christ trust in him, he will live within you forever.

Let's pray thank you father for this marvelous treasurer that you have preserved for us and promised to us and now we with open arms embrace it and claim it and thank you for it. I pray for those today who have never trusted in the Lord Jesus never come to him by faith that you would work in their lives. Give them sleepless nights and troubled days. Remind them again and again of what is missing and then bring them to their knees as they bow before you as Lord and Master were grateful Lord for the days that are before us. Each one because you will be at work in each one. Remind us, as each day dawns. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because your compassions fail not there new every morning great is your faithfulness.

Today, we thank you that we who know Christ can walk in the assurance that all things work together for good for those who love God be magnified as you shape us into the image of yourself. I pray believing in the name of Jesus Christ our everyone email Chuck Swindoll's closing prayer conclude a three-day message specifically designed to prepare us for the new year ahead. This is insight for living, Chuck titled his message. I treasure you must not miss and learn more about this ministry. Please visit us Near the end of Matthew's gospel. Jesus delivered which commonly known as the great commission to go into all the world and make disciples.

What's become a compelling passion and insight for living and were inviting you to join us in this worthy effort. In fact, we're calling on every listener to respond. Would you be listening to God's voice to see what is prompting you to do. How was he asking you to apply your resources and your skills toward fulfilling the great commission Chuck. Jesus gave us our marching orders when he said go and make disciples of all the nations, and then he added these assuring words be sure this I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Yet we have no doubt that he is with us always. This helps remind us that you are. Listeners are with us as well and we believe you are, your gift is a tangible proof of how closely aligned you are with us. We've often said I want to repeated that we don't shape our appeal for funds out of some kind of system to get money out of your pocket if you need more real, we wouldn't call it a need, but it is real and this is the time of the year that you can do more than just say I really believe in insight for living's ministry. This is your time to say I participate in that I'm a part of it. I'm part of the reason they're able to be engaged in this another year with us and I'm grateful there there and I want them to know that I'm here with them all the way and I would love to hear from so many of you that some of you have never connected with us before and others of you have and we thank you for your gift yet another time, we ask that you be just as generous as you can before.

Thanks and out with boldness. We are asking you to respond today with your generous gift insight for living. Let me explain how you can easily get in touch with us right now. Many of downloaded the convenient insight for living mobile app Includes an easy to use donate on or give directly online insight on or/donate to speak with one of our friendly ministry reps, listening in the United States., 1-800-772-8888 phone number again 1-800-772-8888 or give online numbering more than ever insight for living ministries is determined to serve as a lavish garden for people all around the world long to smell the aroma of God's asleep place where imperfect, sinful people are forgiven, taught the truth and redeem there's a simple and effective way to leverage your support of Chuck Swindoll's ministry become a monthly companion in this emotionally charged hero were shouting match is commonplace for people feel voiceless and overlooked in would you be among those who give generously so that we can spread the fragrance of God's grace to those second chance become a monthly companion today listening in the United States. Call 1-800-772-8888 or go to together. Let's introduce God says all power. This, again, if you're listening in the United States. Call 1-800-772-8888 or go to companion.

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