Have you ever pondered Joseph’s life? I have – actually, on many occasions. In his youth, God gave Joseph a dream. And not just a small dream. It was a grand vision. I can only imagine how important Joseph must have felt. He was adored by his father, and GOD had spoken into his life.
However, because of the way he handled this dream, Joseph was thrown into a pit and betrayed by his family. As he was stuck in a situation with virtually no way out, I wonder if bitterness came knocking at the door of his heart. I wonder if resentment reared its ugly head. Then, if familial betrayal wasn’t enough, he was sold into slavery.
When it seemed that he was finally beginning to have a life again, he was assaulted and then falsely accused. After that, he was thrown in prison. He tried his hardest to promote himself out of this lowly state, but the promotion could not come in his own time. God had other plans.
While Joseph could only see the here and now, God saw what was coming down the road. He knew that a famine would be in the land and the people would need someone with vision to help find a way out. You see, all the despair and depression that the enemy tried to unload into Joseph’s life had the potential to be his undoing. But thankfully God was on the scene, working all of this out for his good.
I believe it was also being worked out for our good too. We can look at his life and our hearts can be flooded with hope. Joseph was in many impossible situations, but he kept his heart turned towards God; therefore, God was able to use it all for good and the lives of many people were spared.
My heart is always looking for a practical application of the Word. Here it is, at least one…maybe you are in an impossible situation and you want to give up. PLEASE DON’T! You are loved more than you know. The enemy has set you up for failure, but if you keep your heart turned towards your heavenly Father, you can BeLoved Completely through the pain and through the difficulty.
If this is your experience right now, I encourage you to meditate (think about) what 2 Cor. 4: 17 says. This struggle you are going through right now is temporary. It is subject to change at any moment. If you will commit your way to the Lord, He will use this hardship to fill your life with His very goodness and His presence. Then, just like Joseph, you can move from the lowest point in your life to a place where you are reigning with Jesus as a king and priest here on earth.