Remember Joseph? He was one of the twelve sons of Jacob. But because of jealousy, Joseph’s brother dumped him into a pit. But they changed their minds and sold him instead to some merchants who were passing by.
God’s plan endures forever.
God equipped Joseph with the ability to interpret dreams. Whatever Joseph did would flourish. That made Joseph highly employable in the palaces of the “high and mighty.”
But jealousy and lust ate the heart of the wife of Joseph’s master. She slyly crafted a story maligning Joseph. This led Joseph to prison.
But God does not waver in His plans.
Even at prison, everything that Joseph touched flourished. He became a favorite in prison.
Divine Providence was at play.
God hatched a pathway for Joseph to be out of prison. Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker were thrown into prison, and they met Joseph. Both had dreams and only Joseph could interpret their dreams. Their dreams came true. But the cupbearer forgot about Joseph until the time when no one could interpret Pharaoh’s dream. Joseph was taken out from prison, and he interpreted the dream of Pharaoh.
Amazed and believing in Joseph’s interpretation of his dream, Pharaoh made Joseph his second in command; clothed him and gave him authority. In short, Egypt survived the seven years of famine because of Joseph’s leadership.
Here is the most dramatic part of the story. The brothers of Joseph had to face the brother that they sold and wasted away. But Joseph had the most golden heart. He looked at the positive side of his most difficult life journey and said to his brothers, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.” (Genesis 45:4-5).
What a beautiful family story and leadership journey for Joseph.
In our lives, some of us fall into the pit sometimes. But if we lose hope then we may not see the rays of the sun again. The battle is how to rise and no matter how difficult life is, we must look for ways to get out from our pit.
We may not be as blessed as Joseph who became the second in command to Pharaoh, but then, we can be as blessed as the father of Joseph, Jacob, who saw the light of the day. For Jacob, his family was especially important. He did not blame his sons for the loss of Joseph, but he had faith in his heart and he hoped for that ray of light from the pit.
We may not be as blessed as Joseph. Sometimes we may even be like the brothers of Joseph who wasted Joseph away. But that was not the end of their story. They bowed down and recognized the wrongs they had done. They were restored to a place they should have been.
Family matters. Jealousy, dishonesty, greed, lust, and insecurity may always loom in the dark. But faith in God is stronger. God will always make a way. The dark will be filled with light. All good things will fall into place.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
We continue to grow our seed of faith. We continue to hope for the best even when we are in bad circumstances in our lives. We continue to live a life full of joy that comes not from externalities but from our hearts. Tomorrow is another day. Today is our best day ever!