He was the youngest son of Jacob, and his favorite. His brothers were very jealous. Then Joseph had a dream that all his brothers would bow down to him. They hated him and plotted for a way to get rid of him. His brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt and told Jacob that he had been killed. Their problem was solved...sort of.
Joseph went to work for an Egyptian official and God was with him and blessed that household until the lady of the house accused Joseph of attempted rape and he was thrown into prison. (Gen. 39) How would you respond to being unjustly accused or imprisoned? This is a recurring action in his life.
Joseph prospered in jail and was able to interpret dreams. That got him out of prisonand into Pharaoh’s court and basically in charge of all of Egypt. So, at the age of 30, Joseph had become the second most powerful man in Egypt.
So what is the message here? God loves you and nothing can ever happen to you apart from the will of God. God might not cause what is happening to you, but He is likely using it to eventually lead to a greater good.
Romans 8:28 says “In all things God works for the good of those who love Him, whohave been called according to His purpose.”
We can endure almost anything if we believe it has a purpose. God always has a higher purpose, a greater good in mind. He is at work, not only in the circumstances but alsoin us....to become more useful and beautiful for him.
His plan is always the same...to put His power on display in my life to bring about agreater good, one that will bring Him the glory that only He deserves.
If you are suffering right now, you might not be able to see God’s higher purpose. When you do see it, it will explain the pain you are feeling now. He may use sacrifices you make or suffering you endure to bring the greater good.
In due time
- Your purpose will become visible
- Your pain will become explainable
- Your peace will become possible