More than once in the last few weeks the story of Joseph has come up in my life. While going through this story I have received some insight that I have not thought about before. I feel that I have really grown in my relationship with God because a year ago I don’t feel like I would have come to this same conclusion.
As many of us may know the story of Joseph is found in the book of Genesis. He was the son of Jacob and he was considered the favorite child of his father. He was a dreamer that God gave vision of what was going to happen later on in his life. Since he was not completely in tune with what God had planned he was a little cocky in his delivery of his dreams to his family. Because of this his brothers thought about killing him and then just decided to sell him into slavery. At the beginning of the story it seems like the demise of Joseph but it was really just his beginning. He ends up in Egypt a slave to another man. While there he is accused of rape and thrown into prison. Time after time he is put into a serious situation that he has no clue how to get out of and many of us would feel like God was not with him at all. As the story continues he is in prison for a very long time and eventually gets elevated to be the right hand man to the Pharaoh.
You may be asking what is the point of me telling this story about Joseph? Or even what does it have to do with the title of the article? That is the entire point I never got it until now. Joseph went through the storm, he got thrown through the ringer and he had no idea how he was going to make it to the other side. Imagine being a teenager and being betrayed by your own family and end up in slavery. Then when you are at the point when you are use to your new life you are thrown into prison for a crime that you didn’t commit. Would you feel that Gods favor was still on your life. I for one would have to say that I would not feel like God was with me. But if we look at the story like this if all the things even as bad as they were didn’t happen to Joseph the entire family would have died in the famine. Most times with God we don’t know what is going to happen on the other side of the storm we just have to Trust God through the chaos. Joseph’s chaos led him to being greater than when he started. His Chaos led to his dreams that he dreamed as a boy finally coming true. Lets apply this to our lives. When we are going through things lets maintain our faith in God because we have no idea what blessing is going to be on the other side.
Yours in Christ ,
A Christian Dad