A Boston man was on vacation to Huntington Beach, California with his family. He was enjoying a swim in the ocean when he felt something slam into his back. Eugene Finney said it hit him harder than he’d ever been hit in his life. His daughter asked him why his back was all bloody. The 39 year old Finney had just been hit by a shark leaving a large gash on his back. When the pain continued Finney finally went to the doctor and they did their routine scans. It was then that the doctors treating Mr. Finney for his blunt force trauma wounds then confronted him with some news that was just as scary as a shark attack. They discovered a stage one tumor on his right kidney, around the size of a walnut. Finney had it removed and received the good news that he didn’t need radiation or chemotherapy. His shark attack potentially saved his life.
The story of Joseph in the book of Genesis gives us such valuable lessons. Joseph was beloved by his father but his brothers despised him. They were jealous of his favored position and set about to destroy him. His brothers surrounded him like vicious sharks and put him in a pit. They later sold him into slavery and told their father that a wild beast had killed him. Joseph served as a slave for many years as a result of the maliciousness of his brothers. He was lied about by his master’s wife and ended up in jail. It seemed that Joseph was bitten by several sharks. But that is not the end of the story. He was released from prison, served in Pharaoh’s courts and was instrumental in saving his whole family from starvation. At the end of Genesis we witness his attitude about all that happened. He said: “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive”.
Feeling surrounded by sharks? Wondering if you are going to survive your situation? Our Mighty God is able to turn our shark attack into a good bite.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation