Turning Tables

Turning Tables!


For the last few months we have been hearing about the American election. Hot hot debates were going on about who would be the next President of United States of America. After much anticipated wait, the day had finally come and the results are out and Donald J Trump is elected the 45th President of United States of America. This has been a historic election and many people are shocked by the turn of events as Donald J Trump, a novice in politics and to military, getting elected as the President defeating his opponent Secretary Hillary Clinton who has 30 years of political career. Today,many news channels report of people all over the world being scared about what is to unveil in the coming days and I just want to reassure you all through scripture, that God is in control and nothing will happen to you without His knowledge or permission. If you are a child of God and walking upright, He will not withhold any good things from you and He will be with you and guide you and carry you in your difficult days.
 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”

Psalm 84:11 NIV

In 3500-3000 BC a man named Joseph, the 11th son of Jacob was sold and sent as a slave to Egypt (a super power during those days). He was a very righteous man as we read in the book of Genesis and after an unbelievable turn of events, he became the Prime Minister of Egypt! Unbelievable situations happened to him, he who was the great grand son of Abraham, who was immensely rich and who his father Jacob loved the most, had been sold by his own brothers and sent to Egypt as slave! Joseph lost his position, his wealth, his time (13 years), his land and even his precious robe that his father gifted him. Joseph lost everything but they couldn’t take away one thing and that was God! For it says Joseph was sold to Egypt but God was with him. Later he was put in prison as a criminal for no reason. There also we read God was with Joseph and since God was with Joseph, he didn’t end his life as a prisoner, but God made the events in his life to turn in such a way, that God delivered Joseph out of prison and made him second to Pharaoh! 


If you walk upright no good things shall he withhold. Even if you go through hard situations God will deliver you and bring you to glory!

 “Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.”

Genesis 39:20-23 NIV

 About 500 years later, a baby Moses was born in a very bad time where he was rejected his right to live for Pharaoh had issued a new rule to throw away all the newborn male babies into the river of Nile! His family secretly protected him for 3 months, by then all their lives were in danger and so they had to put him in a little boat made of reeds and set him in the river Nile. God took charge of the situation and made the Pharaoh’s daughter to bathe in Nile and God made her come by the river at the exact same time as Moses’ little boat appeared in water and God made her heart and all those who were with her and surrounded her to be kind enough to raise the baby up in the palace as the Pharaoh’s daughter’s son and be called Prince Moses! She even paid Moses family for nursing him as baby! And the history says the rest, he became the deliverer of Israelites after the yolk of slavery for 450 years! If God has a plan about you, He’s able to turn the tables in such a way that even the most unfavorable situations will turn to your good! 


“Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said. Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.””

Exodus 2:1-10 NIV


Later, during the time of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, the people of Israel turned away from God and God sent Elijah, a prophet to reveal to the people, who the real God is. Through him, God did such amazing signs – once even bringing fire from heaven and burning a sacrifice – an object that was soaked in water! He proved before all Israelites that Jehovah was the only true God! He asked the people to catch and bring all the false prophets of Baal and Asherah, killing 850 false prophets all together that day. That moment, Elijah must have thought things were running in his favour, but the very instant the Queen heard what Elijah had done, she issued an order to kill Elijah by next day and he had to flee for his life! He got so depressed and lonely and cried out to God, but he never got any answers even after 40 days of waiting. He even wished for his death. Finally God appears before Elijah and anointed him for a new assignment to anoint three other people. When his ministry on earth was over, he was taken alive into heaven without seeing death! What I want to focus here is not just about Elijah, but the fact that God had protected another 7000 people during those difficult times! If God had done that won’t he do that again today??? Yes, He will and He is able and His hands have never grown weak. So you of little faith what are you afraid off?


“Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.””

1 Kings 19:1-18 NIV

 “When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.” As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.”

2 Kings 2:9-12 NIV

 Countries can turn their backs to God and wherever you look in today’s society, you only see injustice and vulgarity and we think where is this world heading to and where is God and why is God keeping silent and why is God not seeing my justice! But, let me tell you, he watches over each one of us. He knows exactly what you are going through and He will act upon the injustice and problems you face in the right time and turn the tables in such a way that the hands which turned against you will be working for your good, He not only protects you, but also the others who obey him. As said above, He’s able to do miracles in the most unbelievable way and get you out of misery to glory! When your enemies try to kill you for no reason or just being jealous on you, God will turn that evil to work up for your good! I want to quote one such instance and will conclude this article.

 ““For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Isaiah 55:8-11 NIV

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

 ““God is mighty, but despises no one; he is mighty, and firm in his purpose. He does not keep the wicked alive but gives the afflicted their rights. He does not take his eyes off the righteous; he enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever. But if people are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction, he tells them what they have done— that they have sinned arrogantly. He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil. If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment. But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword and die without knowledge.”

Job 36:5-12 NIV

 During the reign of Jahoiakim in 597 BC in Judah, Nebuchadnezzar the emperor of Babylon came and attacked the land of Israel. As the people had turned their backs against God, even after repeated warnings, God gave them over to Nebuchadnezzar. They were taken away as slaves to Babylon. Even then, God doesn’t forget His children. He made the king to select 50 of the Israeli youths to be used at the palace for his service and among them were Daniel (Belteshazzar) Hananiah (Shadrach) Mishael (Meshach) and Azariah. They were not special than the others who got selected, but when they determined to honor God even in their adversities, God honored them even in their enemy’s land! God anointed Daniel with such amazing wisdom that Nebuchadnezzar made him to be the Prime Minister of his whole empire. He served as Prime Minister during the reign of next three Kings! Daniel’s friends also held noble positions in the kingdom.

 “In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god. Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service. Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego. But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel,”

Daniel 1:1-9 NIV

 “To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom. And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.”

Daniel 1:17-21 NIV

 Some of the Babylonians were jealous of Daniel’s growth and so they searched all ways possible to trap him but they couldn’t. So finally they made a plot asking the king to issue a rule that all people of the land must worship the king as God and that those who refuse to bow before him, be thrown into the lion’s den. Daniel, as usual, opened the windows towards Jerusalem and started praying and soon enough the enemies brought him before the king and the king had no choice but to put him in a lion’s den! But God who knew this plot had already ordered the lions, not to touch his servant Daniel and hence the lions didn’t do any harm to Daniel. He slept peacefully in the lion’s den!!! The next day the king himself came to see Daniel and was astonished to see him alive! He ordered to get him out of the den and ordered those who made the plot to be thrown into the pit along with their families and even before they reached the bottom of the pit, the lions caught them and tore them apart. The King promoted Daniel to be his senior advisor! See how God turned the enemies plan for his good and protected his servant Daniel! 


 “It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” So King Darius put the decree in writing. Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?” The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him. Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.” So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep. At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones. Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth: “May you prosper greatly! “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.”

Daniel 6:1-28 NIV

 Again in another instant, a similar situation arose. This time the king himself made a huge statue of gold and asked the people to worship that image as God and those who disobeyed were to be thrown into the furnace of fire! Daniel’s friends refused to obey the king and soon they were caught. The king got so mad that he ordered the furnace to be heated seven times more than the usual and then led Hannaniah, Mishael and Azariah into the furnace. They trusted the Lord! Those who tied them to throw them into the fire got burnt and killed by the heat, but the fire could not touch them! Their shackles melted away, but not even a single strand of their hair got burnt! And God himself came down into the pit along with the three youngsters.The king asked his servants if they put three people in furnace and his servants said yes.So he asked about who the fourth one was and that he looked like God! The king ordered them to come out of the furnace and was astonished to see that they did not even smell of fire! He not only withdrew the law, but also promoted these four youngsters to nobles!


 “King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it. Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the nations and peoples of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever! Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.” Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.” Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.”

Daniel 3:1-30 NIV

 

Dear children of God, when the enemy throws trials at you, try to punish you for evil, don’t worry. You might think this is it, this is your end, but, If you are standing for God and you are a child of God, He has greater plans for your life and for your future and He will turn the tables in the most unbelievable way and will turn the evil for your good! 

 

 

So dear children of God, you don’t have to worry about what is happening in this world and what sort of rulers are yet to come, but believe in the God who created you, who has a plan for you, a bright future for you, who can change even the worst adversities for the best in your life. God is a sovereign God and He will take good care of his children!

 

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:4-7 NIV

 

“In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:5-7 NIV

 

““Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:25-34 NIV
 

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4 thoughts on “Turning Tables

  1. This was great. I thoroughly loved this and I’ve always loved the story about Joseph. Right when we think things may be taking a wrong turn, the wrong turn actually turns on to the correct path that serves a higher purpose and our higher good. God sets up one and puts down another, elected leaders and kings could not have authority unless God gave it to them. Thank you for sharing. Peace and love to you.

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