Turning Trauma Into Triumph
September 17, 2021
There is a trauma that we experience and then there is the interpretation of the trauma that we express.
The human patterns of sin, the hidden purposes of God, and the humbling power of grace.
Genesis is more than a narrative. It is a meta-narrative giving us a grand framework for our understanding of the universe and life.
A genogram is a diagram illustrating a person’s family members.
Constructing a genogram helps us examine unhealthy patterns from the past that we often unconsciously bring into our present relationships.
-Describe each family member with two or three adjectives.
-Describe your parent’s marriage and grandparent’s marriage?
-How was conflict handled in your family?
-Wheat are the generational themes? Addictions, affairs, divorce, out of wedlock births, abortions, mental illness?
-How well did your family talk about their feelings? -How was sexuality talked about or not talked about? -Were there any family secrets?
-What was considered success in your family?
-How did your family’s ethnicity shape you?
A genogram is about understanding what you’re holding and what is holding you.
Many of the genealogies are there for this two-fold purpose:
To document and reveal the depth of human depravity.
To showcase the faithfulness and mercy of God.
There are at least three common patterns that become evident:
1-Lying is evident in all generations, increasing in intensity with each.
2-At least one parent in each generation had a favorite child.
3-Sibling rivalry and relational cutoff between the brothers cause tensions that show up through three successive generations.
Exposing hidden patterns of sin in the primary environments that formed us is vital to turn trauma into triumph.
“I will make of you a great nation…and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2-3)
“Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” (Genesis 15:1 ESV)
“O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless…” (Genesis 15:2 ESV)
“This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” (Genesis 15:4 ESV)
“He believed the Lord, and he [God] counted it to him as righteousness.” (Genesis 15:6 ESV)
The central theme of Genesis: trusting God and His Word.
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
2 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
3 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
5 Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
6 you his servants, the descendants of Abraham, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
7 He is the Lord our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
8 He remembers his covenant forever,
the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
9 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.”
12 When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it,
13 they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.
14 He allowed no one to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings:
15 “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.”
16 He called down famine on the land
and destroyed all their supplies of food;
17 and he sent a man before them— Joseph, sold as a slave.
18 They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons,
19 till what he foretold came to pass,
till the word of the Lord proved him true.
20 The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free.
21 He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed,
22 to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom.
23 Then Israel entered Egypt;
Jacob resided as a foreigner in the land of Ham.
24 The Lord made his people very fruitful;
he made them too numerous for their foes,
25 whose hearts he turned to hate his people, to conspire against his servants.
The sovereignty of God in the story of Joseph is what turns trauma into triumph.
If your take on God is right, your take on life can be right, no matter what life takes.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (Genesis 50:20)