#742 – Offended (Part 4): Offense is warning Sign

Offense can be a sign, that a season has come to an end and it is time to shift. The grace has moved and you are now standing in the wrong spot. The job you hoped for and prayed for, you now hate is a sign.

The business you have petitioned the heavens for is now a place of stress, frustration and disheartenment. This is may not a bad thing. It means, the appointed time of grace, for that assignment has ended and the grace is in the new place.

The solution is to move into the next season or the new place of grace. It is about obedience and trusting God. The provisions for that next season, are in the “next season”.

A great example of an offensive set of circumstances causing a dramatic shift is found in the story of Joseph. His brothers were so offend, by his favored status with their father and his many dreams, that they want to kill him. The offense was the provocateur, that propelled Joseph into the very thing he was made to do.

Genesis 37:18-25
When Joseph’s brothers saw him coming, they recognized him in the distance. As he approached, they made plans to kill him. “Here comes the dreamer!” they said. “Come on, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns. We can tell our father, ‘A wild animal has eaten him.’ Then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams!” But when Reuben heard of their scheme, he came to Joseph’s rescue. “Let’s not kill him,” he said “Why should we shed any blood? Let’s just throw him into this empty cistern here in the wilderness. Then he’ll die without our laying a hand on him.” Reuben was secretly planning to rescue Joseph and return him to his father. So when Joseph arrived, his brothers ripped off the beautiful robe he was wearing. Then they grabbed him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it. Then, just as they were sitting down to eat, they looked up and saw a caravan of camels in the distance coming toward them. It was a group of Ishmaelite traders taking a load of gum, balm, and aromatic resin from Gilead down to Egypt.

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