Remember the story of Joseph? I can’t even imagine what must have been going through his mind as various seemingly horrible things came his way:
- His brothers threw him in the well
- They sold him as a slave
- After becoming a successful manager, he was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and thrown into prison
At that point, Joseph becomes immensely successful when he is able to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams. He becomes second-in-command, the head honcho and in charge of ALL the food stores in Egypt. Now, when famine hits, his brothers come to buy food. They had no idea their brother was even still alive and didn’t recognize him, but Joseph knew them.
When they found out the truth, they were justifiably scared to death. He could have had them all killed for what they did to him. He could have held a grudge and made them all be his slaves. But that’s not what he did. You see, Joseph had the big picture in mind through all his ordeals:
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. -Genesis 50
God intended it for good. All the bad stuff Joseph had to go through was part of a larger plan. I believe the same thing is happening today in the presidential race. The other candidates and Goliath News Media intend to do a great deal of harm to Mike Huckabee’s campaign. Today many talk show hosts were calling on Huckabee to step down — this despite the fact that in the polls he is only 1.5% behind Romney!
CNN schemed to do Mike harm when they stuck him at the far end of the debate table and allowed McCain and Romney the lion’s share of talk time. But what happened to their plans? Mike got to stand by Nancy Reagan at the beginning. It ended up being good that McCain and Romney had so much talk time because they acted like High School Harry with all the bickering about who said what, when. Compared to their fumbling jabs at each other, Mike came across as a level-headed, caring, compassionate visionary who had a lot of unique ideas and common sense. And his position at the very end of the debate table? That worked in his favor as well, because he got to have the last word. What a last word it was, too:
And what did the voters think? A group of undecided California women got together to watch the debate. Here’s what they had to say, before and after:
Over and over again throughout history, what man intended for harm, the Lord turned to his own purposes. Let’s not forget that our God is Sovereign, and the world is literally in his hands. The media is being intentionally blinded by the powers of darkness; what else can explain their insistence that Huckabee is “out” of the running? Only 8% of the delegates have been selected…and in the polls, Huckabee is closer to Romney than Obama is to Hillary.
Many in the media are saying that a vote for Huckabee is really taking votes away from Romney; I say it’s the other way around! A vote for Romney is a vote against Huckabee! Mike agrees with me. I’ll leave you with statement published on his website:
We are in this race to win despite the desperate efforts by the Romney campaign to try and say that “a vote for me is a vote for McCain”. Actually, a vote for me is a vote for me! And it’s a vote to say no to the underhanded efforts of the Romney campaign and his wholly-owned talk radio backers who are repeating that nonsense. We have outlasted Rudy, Fred, and others who were supposed to be the winners. Only 8% of the Republican delegates have been selected, and we have about the same number of delegates as McCain or Romney. We are in it to win.