“(4-5) But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him. Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more… (9)Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers… (18) They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him… (28)Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelite’s for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt.” – Gen. 37
Have you ever been in a situation where events in your life went from bad to worse? Did you feel like there was no way any good could come out of it? Did you question why God would allow this to happen? Lucky for us, we have a great example of how good can come from any situation that we may find ourselves in, despite the situation. There is a man in the Old Testament by the name of Joseph, who when finding himself facing death, never lost his faith. Joseph is seen today as one of the great men of the O.T; however, he had a drawback. His father favored him, and Joseph bragged about being his father’s favorite to such a degree that when Joseph was blessed with receiving two dreams he immediately goes and brags to his brothers about it. This juvenile mistake, along with several others, provokes his brothers to such an extent that they want to kill him. Instead, he is transported to Egypt and sold into slavery. Then after working his way into a prominent leadership position, is accused of raping his master’s wife, and is thrown in prison.
Do you see a way out for Joseph? Unfortunately, most of us would agree that Joseph has hit his “all time low,” and with his reputation forever tarnished, his job prospects are not looking too good. Once a person reaches this point in their life there is little that can bring them back up. Many times, when we find ourselves in similar situations, our faith is the first things that is thrown out the window, but even when it seems as if all hope is lost we must never lose our faith. As many of us know, even when thrown in prison, Joseph never lost his faith in The Lord (39:21). Our faith is vital to our existence, and should be grounded in knowledge and truth.
Let’s remember that our faith defines who we are, thus we must never throw it away, for we know that even during our darkest hour, the Lord is still here with us.
– Lucas Suddreth