Today while reading my daily Bible I read the following passage from Genesis 37. It tells about Joseph and the relationship he had with his brothers and his father. He was a good boy, and his father loved him very much. But his brothers? They hated him. They were jealous and angry.
One day, when Joseph came out to see them, they plotted to kill him. Instead they threw him in a well. From there he was sold into slavery. In the years that followed he was a servant, was accused of sexual assault, and spent time in prison. This is what God allowed to happen to his faithful son, Joseph.
Needless to say, Joseph had a bad day. His family wanted to kill him. They threw him out. They sold him to slavery. Everyone and everything he knew was stripped away from him. He didn’t know if he would ever see his father or brother again.
What’s interesting about this is that Joseph never cried or complained that God didn’t love him. He never decided that there could be no God because such bad things had happened to him. He continued to pray and trust in the Lord.
When he was a slave he did his best and was rewarded. When he was a prisoner he did his best and was rewarded. He was faithful to God and when it was time for God to use Him for His glory Joseph was released from prison. He was rich, happy and successful. Joseph was eventually reunited with his family. He was the tool that God used to save the children of Israel from the drought.
Joseph didn’t know what God’s plan for him was when his brothers, whom he loved, grabbed him and were going to kill him. He didn’t know the plan when he was cast into the well. He didn’t know what the plan was as he worked as a slave among strangers far from home. He didn’t know the plan when he slept in a prison cell.
Joseph didn’t need to know God’s plan because he knew God. He knew that God had made a covenant with his people. He knew that he would survive and was ready to serve for God’s glory. He trusted in the promises of God, and all was well.
Right now things may be tough for us. It may be hard. It may seem like there is no hope. There may be times when you believe that God has forgotten you, or that He doesn’t hear your prayers. He hears. He has great plans for us. He promised to be with us for the good and the bad. We only need to trust in his Word, and eventually the prison door will be opened.
God isn’t going to tell us the plan. We don’t know what He has planned for us. We just have to trust our father. He made His promises in the Bible, and God does not change as men change. In this time of trouble be faithful, be patient, and see what wonders God has planned for you.