Acts 7:9-10 These sons of Jacob were very jealous of their brother Joseph, and they sold him to be a slave in Egypt. BUT GOD was with him and delivered him from his anguish.
Even our closest friends and family can turn against us, BUT GOD delivers us from their plans.
Joseph was the favourite son of his father. He would report on his brothers to his father. This didn’t help his relationship with them. They hated him. Joseph had a dream that one day he would be a great ruler. In fact his dream included his family. He saw himself ruling over his family. This increased the jealousy and hatred of his brothers. They could stand it no longer and decided to kill him. They threw him down a pit and left him to die, but then when they saw slave traders coming by they decided to sell him to them.
Sometimes the worst things that happen to us are actually part of an incredible plan of God. He is fulfilling our dreams. So many things seemed to keep working against Joseph’s life, yet all of them were actually working for him. He was sold as a slave to a man called Potiphar, once of the King of Egypt’s chief men. Potiphar began to prosper simply because Joseph was looking after the man’s affairs. However, another bad day came when Potiphar’s wife falsely accused Joseph of attempting to rape her. This landed him in jail. However, again he quickly rose to become the ruler of the prison. He interpreted the dreams of others yet they forgot him when they could have helped him. Eventually the King of Egypt had a dream neither he nor anyone else could understand. Someone Joseph had once helped remembered him and told the King of his gift to interpret dreams. Joseph was summoned. Immediately he interpreted the dream for the King and then also gave some advice to the King. The dream indicated there would be seven years of prosperity, then seven of drought. Joseph advised the King to store up from the prosperous years rather than consume it all and then the he would be able to feed his own nation but also sell to all the others during the scarce years. The King was astonished at his insightfulness. He made him second only to himself in power over Egypt…
We can think our dreams are dead and that we have been forgotten by God, but Joseph kept a great attitude, He helped others when he himself was in distress. He kept believing. Eventually his ‘day’ came, and on that day he went from the prison to the throne. Don’t forget the God factor in your life.
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