Lately I’ve been meditating on the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis. It’s the story of Jacob’s second youngest son named Joseph. He was loved by his father but hated by his older brothers. In fact, his brothers hated him so much they plotted to kill him. To make a long story short they decided to sell him as a slave and tell their father he was killed by a wild beast instead.
Can you imagine being thrown into a deep cistern by your siblings and then being sold as a slave through no fault of your own? What did Joseph do to deserve so much hatred, humiliation and betrayal? Why would a good GOD allow so much pain and heartache?
17 year old Joseph was ruthlessly sold and brought into a unfamiliar place and an unfamiliar circumstance. A place with a different language, different customs and different god’s. A place the he didn’t belong. Can you imagine how sad and lonely this teenager must’ve felt? He probably looked around and thought “I am not in Canaan anymore.”
Now to be clear this story begins in Chapter 37 of Genesis but the chapter ends in a cliff hanger. This is how it ends:
Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. 35 All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for him.
36 Meanwhile, the Midianites[c] sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.Gen. 37:34-36
It’s not until you reach chapter 39 that you find out what happens to Joseph after he is sold by his brothers. As soon as chapter 39 begins it retells that Joseph was brought to Egypt and sold to Potiphar. Then 5 crucial and monumental words followed that turned the whole situation on its head.
the Lord was with Joseph…Gen. 39:2
Yes, Joseph continued to suffered unjustly. And if you continue reading the passage it says he was falsely accused of raping Potiphar’s wife. Yes, he was unfairly put into prison and it was wrong but again
the Lord was with him…Gen 39:21
So what did Joseph have to say about all that he went through and God’s hand in all of this? He said “..you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…”
I think we need to completely obliterate the notion that being a follower of the Lord Jesus means sunshine and daffodils all the time. That is so far from the truth and so far from what Jesus himself said. For example He said “In this world you will have trouble but take heart! for I have overcome the world.” (John16:33)
Which brings me to my point. We’ll always have trouble. Sometimes we’ll be in dire situations that are just WRONG but the Lord will always be with us just like he was with Joseph. He will show us kindness and give us favor. The Lord will give us the grace to get through because he has a plan and a future for each one of us (Jer. 29:11). Because HE IS FAITHFUL.