Joseph, in charge of Egypt’s storehouse of food, still has unforgiveness towards his brother’s and needs to deal with. It was his 10 brothers who threw him into a pit, then sold him as a slave. Joseph was sold as a slave in Egypt. He lost everything – family, friends, comforts, and his freedom. Then he was wrongfully charged and imprisoned for years.
God raised Joseph up, so now he is rich, powerful, and has everything at his disposal. However, Joseph has a root of bitterness or unforgiveness towards his 10 brothers. He treats them harshly, but God is not done yet. It took Joseph three days before he would release his brothers from prison. Joseph bluntly states the only reason why he changed his plan, was because God spoke to him. He tells them “Do this and you will live, for I fear God.” Genesis 42:18 Joseph originally said one out of 10 brothers would go back to get Benjamin (youngest brother) while the other 9 brothers stayed in prison. Now he says the opposite; one brother will stay and 9 can go back home.
God’s ways are not man’s ways. Only God knows and sees the true value of life. If we choose to honor God and make Him the center of our lives and not turn away from Him when hardship comes, then we will be blessed beyond our own understanding.
The one thing Joseph held onto was his faith in the God of Israel, and because of it God not only blessed Joseph (by making him ruler of Egypt – second in command to Pharaoh), but Egypt and all the nations around Egypt were blessed as well. God gave Joseph the plan to store the grain in times of plenty, so that when the famine came they did not die of starvation.
So no matter what “things look like” or “how things appear” the one constant thing is God is faithful to His Word. God will provide for His people and others benefit from it as well. Where there is no way – God makes a way. When life looks bleak, there is always hope with God. He is faithful to His people and watches over them.
The truth comes out in verses 51 & 52. God has made Joseph forget his misery and God has poured out His blessings. God blessed Joseph, so Joseph could be a blessing to Egypt and the other nations.
Hold tight to God and you will not be disappointed. Put your hope in God.
“I can’t do it, but God can…” These are the words of Joseph. It’s not about Joseph; it’s about God and God will do it. God will accomplish His purpose through His people. This holds true for us as well as seen in 1 Thessalonians 5:24.
Joseph went from rags to riches, from prison to palace, from slave to ruler all because of one thing – God was the center of Joseph’s life. Joseph honored God through hardship to luxury, through bondage to freedom, through just being a shepherd boy to becoming a powerful young man.
How do we respond to God?
How do we act when injustice floods into our lives?
Do we hold fast to the One who holds everything in His hands,
or do we complain, murmur, grumble, and disrespect Almighty God?
Joseph had to go through these trials and tests – the Refiner’s fire- to prepare him for his divine purpose in life.
We are no different from Joseph, in that, we too need the Refiner’s fire to prepare us for the task God has destined us to do.
Even though Joseph was thrown in prison, God was with him and blessed him. The enemy left Joseph alone because God was with him.
Genesis 39:20-21 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
No matter the circumstance, God will give favor to those who love and serve Him.
Yahweh was with Joseph and gave him success. No matter where Joseph was, no matter what he was doing God blessed him; whatever Joseph did prospered.
*What kind of attitude do you have in the midst of troubles and trials?
Joseph had a God-ordained purpose that no one and nothing could thwart. Just think how Yahweh has given us not one, but several promises. Many promises have been fulfilled and many are yet to come.
Take a good look
In this wonderful Book
Know and be sure
The Holy Scripture
Is yea and amen
For every human
This is Yahweh’s plan
For every woman and man
Of this be sure
Not just for the future
A good life is for now
And Jesus tells how
The Kingdom of God is at hand
In Jesus take your stand
Now and for eternity
This will forever be
If to Him you go
His blessings will flow
Want to feel good inside
In Him you must abide
All else is for naught
Examine what’s been taught
Even when temptation was strong, Joseph put God first in his life by honoring God. He knew that adultery was wrong. Joseph did not want to go against God and give into sin. Joseph was confronted with sexual temptation from another man’s wife not once, but day after day after day. He held fast to keeping God first in his life, by doing what was right in God’s eyes, and not giving into sin.
Temptation itself is not sin. Temptation entices one to sin. As soon as temptation is acted upon it then becomes sin.
How are you when you are confronted by temptation? Do you hold fast to doing what is right before God even when the temptation is hammering away at you day after day? It is not easy. Temptations come in many different sizes, shapes, and forms. It looks sweet, appealing, and most desirable. Notice I said “looks”. Once the choice is made to give into temptation (no matter what the temptation is) it immediately opens up a door to all sorts of heartache.
One can compare temptation to a wolf in sheep’s clothing. If you get too close it can hurt, damage, and even kill you – The problem is your life affects other people – no matter who you are – you matter and do affect people around you. The choices you make matter both now and eternally.
When temptation appears or hammers on you, call on the Name of the Living God – Jesus Christ – there is power in Him Name. He will help if you let Him. Glory to God!
1 Corinthians 10:13
Joseph was favored by his father. His brothers were jealous of him, so at the right time they betrayed Joseph by selling him into slavery. Joseph was brought into a foreign country and sold as a slave. Losing all freedom and pleasures of life, Joseph now has no rights, no freedom, and under a master’s control. But God…. God was with Joseph.
Joseph did not lose faith in God just because his life radically changed from a very good and comfortable life to one that’s unthinkably horrible with total restriction. On the contrary, Joseph held fast to his faith in God and put God first in his life by honoring God in all that he had to do. Because Joseph honored God with a good work ethic, God was with Joseph and blessed everything Joseph put his hands on. God made his work prosper so much so that even his master acknowledged the blessings of this Hebrew’s God.
Storms come and go. Troubles and tribulations come and go. What’s important is how we go through the storms, troubles, trials, and tribulations. He is the source of all strength and hope. We have His promises.
As Scripture states:
Phil. 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. “https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+4%3A13&version=NKJV;NIV
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Mark 10:27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”