Throughout the past couple weeks we have finished reading the books of Genesis and John, while continuing through the Psalms. As I have been reading and listening to these different passages I found myself wondering what I would have done in Joseph’s shoes, or perhaps sandals would be more time appropriate. One can hardly blame his brothers for plotting against him, he was the favorite son and he told them about his dreams of ruling over them, but did he really deserve to get sold into slavery? I hope we would all agree that this was a horrible thing his brothers did to him. After he got sold into slavery, we see he does well, but then in an act of good character he gets thrown into prison. When he is in prison things are going well for him, but we must remember he is still in prison, and then he is forgotten about.
Joseph had a lot of what we might call unfortunate events happen to him, but in the end we see him end up as second in command in Egypt, and we see him do great things not only for Egypt, but also in preserving the line of Abraham. We see him forgive his brothers and we get to see his thoughts on it in Genesis 50:19-21, “But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people. Therefore don’t be afraid. I will take care of you and your children.’ And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.” (CSB)
Joseph’s kindness towards his brothers is impressive, but what I think is even more impressive is his trust in the sovereignty of God. Joseph went through a lot of ups and downs in his life, and as we can see he never lost sight of God being in control. It is easy to look to God during the good times and trust in His sovereignty and not question His ways, but it is another thing to trust when things are in shambles and hard. I think we can all look at Joseph as a great example of one who trusted God and learn from him.
As we look at Joseph and see him trust God even in the hard times, it should point us to the one that trusted God the Father in the hardest time, and that is Jesus. As we finished up the book of John, we are brought to the place of remembering that Jesus was obedient and trusted the Father and his sovereign will to go to the cross and die as a substitutionary atonement for us.
The questions I leave you are these: Do you trust God has a plan for you and are you willing to trust Him even if it is hard? We have a great example of this in Joseph and we have the best example in Jesus.