Bible Ballistics: BBs #477 God’s Purpose Is Trustworthy???
We’ve talked about Daniel’s faithfulness, and I thought we’d look at another faithful young man today. His name is Joseph, you know, the one with the coat of many colors. But today, I want to consider the later years of this man’s life.
In brief, Joseph was a young man with a heart after God, and one to whom God revealed things through dreams, much like Daniel, but Joseph was not very popular with his brothers. Many have said that he was “a brat”, but I beg to differ—God never calls him that, and I won’t either. God doesn’t generally favor those who are ‘selfish’ or ‘bratty’, but God was present in a visible way in Joseph’s life.
“And Joseph was brought down to Egypt;
and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian,
bought him of the hands
of the Ishmeelites,
which had brought him down thither.
2 And the LORD was with Joseph,
and he was a prosperous man;
and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
3 And his master saw
that the LORD was with him,
and that the LORD made all that he did
to prosper in his hand.
4 And Joseph found grace in his sight,
and he served him:
and he made him overseer over his house,
and all that he had he put into his hand.” Genesis 39:1-4
Yet while the favor of God was upon him, Joseph wasn’t done with trials and troubles, (Faith in God doesn’t necessarily eliminate trials and struggles!) he was not only sold into slavery, but he was also falsely accused and put into the prison—but God was there too.
“And Joseph’s master took him,
and put him into the prison,
a place where the king’s prisoners
and he was there in the prison.
21 But the LORD was with Joseph,
and shewed him mercy,
and gave him favour
in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
22 And the keeper of the prison
committed to Joseph’s hand
all the prisoners that were in the prison;
and whatsoever they did there,
he was the doer of it.” Genesis 39:20-22
But God wasn’t done yet– Joseph was finally brought before Pharaoh (to interpret his frightening dream) and became his ‘right-hand’ man to deal with the coming drought and famine. Yet the thing I want us to consider today is Joseph’s response to his circumstances, knowing God’s perfect, faithful sovereignty. Consider his response when reunited with the brothers who sold him into slavery; we find a faithful man who trusted in the total sovereignty of God—a trustworthy God who is ever at work to accomplish His purpose, His glory, and the good of HIS own!
“Now therefore be not grieved,
nor angry with yourselves,
that ye sold me hither:
for God did send me before you
to preserve life.
6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.
7 And God sent me before you
to preserve you a posterity in the earth,
and to save your lives
by a great deliverance.” Genesis 45:5-7
Again after his father died and his brothers feared his retribution for their evil behavior, Joseph displayed that faithful trust in His God again.
“And Joseph said unto them,
for am I in the place of God?
20 But as for you,
ye thought evil against me;
but God meant it unto good,
to bring to pass,
as it is this day,
to save much people alive.” Genesis 50:19-20
So regardless of your trials today, even if you are suffering unjustly, remember that God has it all under control—He is the Sovereign Almighty God and He hasn’t said “oops”! You can trust Him at every hand. Amen and Amen!!!
“But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake,
happy are ye:
and be not afraid of their terror,
neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
and be ready always
to give an answer to every man
that asketh you a reason
of the hope that is in you
with meekness and fear:” 1 Peter 3:14-15