From the Pit to the Palace

Have you ever questioned why some things happen?  You are walking out your journey with God day by day, putting Him first, obeying His Word, minding your own business and then – BAM!   Something so completely contrary to God’s promises happens and you wonder WHY!  If this hasn’t happened to you yet, you’ve probably only been serving God for about 5 minutes. First, we must remember, God does warn us that trials and sorrows will come, so it should not surprise us. In fact, He tells us there will be MANY trials coming our way. But when you face a trial, there is a person from the Bible that we can look to that brings much encouragement.  And that person is Joseph, the 11th son of the patriarch Jacob. With many of the stalwart men and women of the Bible, there is usually some area of weakness or sin where we see their humanity such as with David or Samson or Peter.  But with Joseph, we read of no transgressions in his life, unless you count being dad’s favorite a sin, as some siblings might. But what happened to Joseph certainly was undeserved (being thrown into a pit by his jealous brothers and sold into slavery, being falsely accused of crimes and imprisoned).  But through all of this, we find nowhere in the Bible where he ever blamed God or really even complained. How could that be considering all that came against him? It was because of a dream. Because of a dream, Joseph knew there was a higher plan behind everything. In the pit, he never forgot the dream. In prison, he never let go of the dream. The dream was his impetus, his life preserver, it kept him afloat when the sea raged around him. And through slavery and imprisonment, the favor of God was so strong over his life that it was evident to everyone around him.  Through all his trials, Joseph prospered. The dream took him through the pit, the chains, the deceit and the dungeon and elevated him to the palace! When God reveals His will for your life, you should expect resistance, especially from the world.  But remember, God is true to His promise and Jesus has already overcome the world!

33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NLT)

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But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. Genesis 45:5 (NLT)

19 But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. Genesis 50:19-20 (NLT)