(First published 12-17-13)
Even though Joseph was from a dysfunctional family he lived a life of integrity. Several times in scripture it mentions “the Lord was with him”. His life was anything but smooth sailing, but the Lord was with him.
The Lord was with him when he was thrown into a pit by his brothers.
The Lord was with him when his brothers sold him into slavery.
The Lord was with Him when He worked in Potiphar’s house.
The Lord was with him when he was falsely accused, by Potiphar’s wife.
The Lord was with him when he was in jail.
The Lord was with him when he interpreted dreams while in jail.
The Lord was with him when he was forgotten by men.
The Lord was with him when he worked for Pharaoh.
He did nothing to deserve trouble. Yet, God was kind to Joseph by being unkind.
God was kind to Joseph’s family by saving them from the famine, through Joseph.
God was kind to the Egyptians by saving them from starvation, through Joseph.
God was kind to Joseph by allowing him to be part of God’s plan to bring deliverance.
There is no mention of Joseph doubting God’s goodness. There is no hint of bitterness. After the death of his father Joseph reassures his brothers by telling them. “…you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” (Genesis 50:20)
Sometimes trouble comes to my life or your life. I don’t know why most things happen, but…
I do know God is kind.
I do know that God is sovereign.
I do know that sometimes God is up to something I don’t understand.
I do know that God is with me.
That simply needs to be enough.
For Further Study:
Genesis 37:4, 18-20
Genesis 39:1-5, 19-23