The story of Joseph is one of the most intriguing stories in the Bible. In Genesis 37 when Joseph was just a young boy, his troubles had already begun. His brothers, jealous of his favor with their father, threw him into a pit and then sold him into slavery into a foreign country. They led their father to believe he had been killed by a wild animal.
Once in Egypt, Joseph quickly gained favor with his master, only to be falsely accused of attempted rape and thrown in prison not long thereafter. Even in prison, God took care of Joseph, blessed him, and made him to prosper. In prison it was discovered that God had given Joseph the ability to interpret dreams. Because of this, he was eventually (after years) brought out of prison to interpret the king’s dream.
Joseph had been sold into slavery in Egypt, and because of this he was able to save his father’s house as well as most of the known world from perishing during seven years of terrible world wide famine. Joseph was found to be right where God needed him. As it says is Genesis 50:20, what Joseph’s brothers meant for harm, God used for good. God needed Joseph right there in Egypt doing just what he was doing
In all of our lives there are ups and downs. What we do with them is what is important. Joseph could have let himself become angry or bitter over being sold into slavery, taken away from his father and young brother, or being falsely accused of attempted rape, thrown in jail and seemingly forgotten there. He could have become depressed or given up. Worse yet, he could have lost faith in God, but Joseph didn’t do any of these things.
He trusted God. He waited on God. He accepted what God had allowed to happen to him and tried to make the best of his circumstances no matter where he was. Joseph also didn’t forget the promises God had made to him in the dreams he had when he was a child. He believed God would bring those dreams to fruition and He did.
God has plans in the life of every believer. We may not fully understand them now, but our job is to trust Him, and make the best of our circumstances where ever we are. God is faithful. He will not let us down. When we cooperate with God, the day will come when we will see that what the enemy meant for harm, God used for good.