Joseph had a dream. In his limited thinking, he interpreted the dream to mean his family would bow before him. But God had something much bigger in store for Joseph.
Joseph, this favored, pampered son is betrayed, rejected and sold into slavery by his brothers. For most of us this would be the end. The rejection, the bitterness, the loneliness would have been too much for us to bare. For it is easier to be the victim than the victor. It’s easier to question God’s goodness than to trust His faithfulness.
Often, when God gives us a promise, life throws us a curve ball. But character is formed in the curve balls of life. Readiness for the promise is developed as we prosper in difficult situation. Joseph, sold into slavery and then later falsely imprisoned learned a valuable less in his curve balls: God was with him. If God is with you, you can prosper no matter how difficult, how unfair, how ungodly your situation may be.
Life may have thrown you a curve ball, but your God is redemptive and what the enemy meant for bad, God is turning it around in your favor. He is developing your character and preparing you for the promise. Joseph learned integrity, leadership, administration, and how to manage a staff while in his desert. Things he probably would not have learned as the 11th son of twelve. What is God teaching you as you walk through a difficult period?
So my brothers and sisters, if you are dreading your day, dreading the diagnosis, dreading the conversation, remember God is with you. Therefore you can expect to prosper in all circumstances. You are an heir with a promise. Do not allow the curve ball to thwart the promise but use it to propel you into your promise. God is with you.
“The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.
Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.”
Genesis 39:2, 20-21 NIV