When everything else seems to fail, trusting God is all that will matter. There is no better story than the life of Joseph who was deeply wronged by the family he loved.
Here is a young boy, who barely knows what life is about, trying to care for his brothers and do the things his father needed, and he is thrown in with the wolves of this world.
Joseph had an overconfident personality, and it was a sore point for his brothers. They were jealous and wanted Joseph permanently gone. Joseph most likely just wanted to be loved and accepted by his brothers. Isn’t that what most of us want in our own families?
This story reveals how sometimes there are families that love and encourage you by accepting you for who you are and helping you to grow into something better thru time.
However, Joseph’s family would never accept him, but right from the beginning he would have to endure and never receive this kind of human love.
There was a sort of evil behind it all, that which Satan is responsible for instilling in the family. The kind of love that comes from a Loving Father, would not be available to Joseph thru his earthly family but only through His Heavenly Father’s family.
However, God can take any life and make it not only good but an awesome promise of better days when we simply trust God and not mankind. I have often reflected on the life of Joseph and maybe it’s because I have felt similar trials in my own life.
With his confidence, with the pain he would endure and with the loving relationship he had for God, he not only survived but prospered where most people would have failed. He carried with him a quiet wisdom of confidence and he won the hearts of everyone he met.
Joseph was betrayed and deserted by family, exposed to sexual temptation and punished for doing the right things. He endured a long imprisonment and was forgotten by those he helped.
Yet it was through his faith and trust in God he kept spiritually growing. With each troubled situation his positive response transformed each setback into a new opportunity to leap forward. He didn’t seem to waste much time asking why or feeling sorry for himself. It was more like he saw it as an opportunity to find a new solution for a new problem.
He seemed to be a problem-solver who trusted God and why He allowed it to happen. He put one foot in front of the other and kept going.
People who met Joseph became aware that wherever he went and whatever he did, God was with him. When we are facing the troubles of life, we need to know, beyond any doubt that God has a plan and He will walk with us all the way thru the experience.
Joseph’s faith and trust in God taught him two important truths.
1. What matters is not so much the circumstances of life but our response to them.
2. With God’s help, any situation can be used for good, even when others intend it for evil.
In Genesis 41:38-39 (AMP) we realize how Joseph had influenced the influential people of the world when we see how the Pharaoh respected deeply his life.
“So Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this [a man equal to Joseph], in whom is the divine spirit [of God]?”
“Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since [your] God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and clear-headed and wise as you are.”
No matter what Joseph encountered, he continued to trust God. That is the secret of a relationship with God that can take us far beyond what we ever dreamed possible.
No matter what life brings we can continue to trust God and know He knows the way to our Heavenly Home.
May God keep you and help you build a greater trust in Him.