Reading: Genesis 37
Focus Verse: Genesis 37:36
Meanwhile, the Midianite traders arrived in Egypt, where they sold Joseph to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Potiphar was captain of the palace guard.
The long and short of this passage is that any circumstance, even those we intend to be less than “holy,” can be used by God for the good of His plan and glory. Let me show you what I mean.
First of all, we come into the story knowing that Joseph was a tattletale. Surely his brothers knew that he was the source of the “tell” in verse 2. Joseph’s brothers hate him.
Next, the brothers know that Joseph is Jacob’s chosen heir. Joseph was the first born of Jacob’s chosen wife, so he’s the go-to guy for the inheritance. The brothers are envious of Joseph. A lot.
Then, Jacob has a special fancy coat made for Joseph. Just for Joseph.
You know how when someone is on already on your nerves, and they continue to (seemingly) flaunt their good fortune? The brothers are ready to blow a gasket when Joseph comes down for breakfast one morning talking about his dream. There is no way those guys are bowing down to Joseph. Not in a million years (or at least twenty).
And then Jacob sends Joseph out to check on his brothers? Why would he do that, knowing how they felt about him? And Joseph was sent out wearing the coat! Open the door wide open for maliciousness.
His brothers hate him, fake his death, and sell him into slavery. Then he’s sold again as a slave to the captain of the palace guard. HOW can this possibly end well?
God certainly has a purpose for him, but it sure doesn’t seem promising at this point, does it? Can you relate? Have you experienced times in your life when everything seems stacked against you?
Clearly, Joseph did not have the good fortune of reading and knowing Romans 8:28. But you have (if you haven’t, now’s a great time -I’ll wait). God causes everything to work together for good… for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. For Joseph, God used hatred, poor decisions, envy, malice, and a handful of additional “unholy” acts to work for His good and His plan. Now, He also could have used sunshine and lollipops, but the brothers’ sinful nature got in the way of that. But God doesn’t waste. And Joseph ended up exactly where he was supposed to be.
How ‘bout you? Do you believe that God has a plan for you? Do you know that you’re called to something specific according to HIs purpose? Even when it seems hopeless. Even when things are stacked against you. Can you allow Joseph’s story to be the light at the end of your tunnel?
God has a plan that only you can fulfill. The means by which He gets you there might be a little unconventional, but don’t believe for a minute that He has lost control. Seek Him in ALL circumstances, and trust in His plan. He loves you.
God, sometimes my circumstances are more than I can bear on my own. I know You have a plan for me, and I know that I’m called according to Your purpose. Help me find Your way, Lord. Help me to trust in Your plan. Thank You for Your unending goodness and love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.