Seriously peeps, the only good medicine for the majority of problems if we are being honest.
I’ve been studying Joseph’s story in the book of Genesis. You know, Joseph and his dream coat. This is a guy who had everything going for him but was sold in to slavery…by family. Say what? Whoa, this must have been one epic sibling rivalry to say the least. I mean, they all drive us crazy at times but it might be a little extreme to sell them for money wouldn’t you say? But then again, these guys contemplated killing Joseph at first but settled on slave trade instead. Not as messy that way and they wouldn’t have to feel guilty about a life gone you know? But hey, they would still have their father believe the kid was dead, mourn and weep. No biggie.
The making of a Lifetime movie right there. The thing is we probably wouldn’t see mention of what God did in the movie footage. Lord help us the Dad might jump off a bridge some place to his death and all of a sudden it become the glorified ending. Lord help us Hollywood.
Anyhoo, this is what I love most about the Bible. It is ridden with scandal indeed but never in all the shenanigans does the Knight say to us, hey baby let me put you up in a great condo. Oh no, God is a white horse, climb up the tower and save us kind of Knight. He takes the glory away from the scandal…every single time.
Joseph was sold in to slavery…and the Lord blessed him. ~Genesis 39:5.
So here he was a slave and his master ended up putting him in charge of all his land. Joseph became what we might think of as his Lead Facility Manager instead. What was meant to harm only blessed. But wait, the movie gets better. The slave masters wife attempts to sleep with her Facility Manager and when Joseph politely declines this love triangle she has him accused of assault and thrown in prison. Whoa! And the Academy Award goes to…
Yes, Joseph is sentenced to prison…and the Lord blessed him. ~ Genesis 39:22-23
How? He got the attention of Pharaoh, ruler over Egypt, who could see the Lord had blessed him. This guy Pharaoh, well he took this prisoner and basically made Joseph his right hand man, ruler of Egypt directly below him. All of a sudden Joseph is Lead Facility Manager again only this time not just over one Masters land but an entire nation. What was meant for harm ultimately blesses Joseph more.
He ruled through the season of great prosperity and made wise decisions. He ruled through the next season of great famine and because of him, because of his faith, Egypt was the only surrounding nation thriving in this season.
What about the siblings? Well, they were ultimately left with nothing. Facing starvation and death unless Egypt helped them out. You got it, that’s Joseph. I don’t know about you but that’s a tough pill to swallow. Oh yes, did he interrogate and rightfully so but Joseph was a man of compassion and he was blessed tremendously because of it.
Genesis 50:20 are some powerful words we hear from Joseph…
As far as I’m concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. ~ Genesis 50:20-21
Joseph is a fruitful tree beside a fountain. His branches reach over the wall. He has been attacked by archers who shot at him and harassed him. But his bow remained strong, and his arms strengthened by the Mighty One of Jacob, the Shephard, the Rock of Israel. ~ Genesis 49:21
You see, Joseph was human just like all of us. But the key element here is he had a heart after God which did not waiver. Faithful in turmoil and faithful in triumph.
There are a lot of pills we can swallow but the only true medicine is more Jesus.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. ❤️
Loved By Grace,