The Life of Joseph
When studying scripture, we see that doubt can consume our thoughts and our minds if we let it; it starts in Genesis 3 and continues throughout the rest of the Bible. Over the years, I have had many thoughts and conversations about the faithfulness of God as we see Him lead and provide for His people in these Old Testament accounts. And when studying Joseph’s life in the same book, I can see why he, if anyone, had reason to doubt. As a teenager, he was sold into slavery at the hands of his brothers – out of their envy!
As a slave, Joseph spent many years in prison after being falsely accused of misconduct with his master’s wife. He had been betrayed and was stuck in a situation that was beyond his control. In the middle of all the chaos of Joseph’s circumstances, God gifted Joseph with the ability to interpret dreams, some of which turned out to be very significant. God placed Joseph in the presence of Pharaoh and enabled Joseph to interpret the Pharaoh’s dreams about the famine which was to come. Well, as you know, the prophecy became reality and following 7 years of plenty, there were 7 years of famine that took place throughout the known world; and Joseph was subsequently promoted, by Pharaoh, to oversee all of the land and food stores of Egypt.
In the midst of the famine, many people, but in particular Joseph’s brothers, sought help from Egypt’s storehouses due to the lack of food in their homeland.
Scripture: Genesis 45: 4-8 (NLT)
“Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. 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. This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt."
“…it was God who sent me here, not you!” Joseph knew and understood in full that it was not his brothers that sent him to Egypt. Certainly, they played a role, but it was for God’s purpose that he was sold into slavery. It was because of God that he now stood in this high position. His doubt was erased as he saw and understood God’s favor and provision, not only for himself and his family, but also for the entire nation of Egypt and other parts of the world! We may doubt what is happening around us in light of the Coronavirus that has continued to spread in recent weeks, but God is faithful and in full control. We don’t have to doubt or be overcome by fear. He provided and was faithful to Joseph and Israel, and he will continue to be faithful even now.
What are you afraid of right now?
What do you doubt?
Now think back- where have you seen God’s faithfulness at work in your life?
Lord, just as you were faithful to Joseph, I know you will continue to be faithful to me. Allow me to see the opportunities that you have provided, and keep me from doubting that you have my ultimate good in mind. Encourage me, through Joseph’s life, to seek you more intimately and to trust you for every situation that comes into mine. Use me to provide for others now, just as you used Joseph to provide for so many then; and may I rest knowing that you are always in control. I know that doubt will try to creep in, but I ask that when that happens, you’d bring to my mind and spirit a loving reminder of Your faithfulness to me. In the name of Jesus. Amen.