I love the story of Joseph. Recorded in Genesis 37-50, it tells of the unusual journey of one of Israel’s greatest leaders. Loved of his father, hated by his brothers, servant of Potiphar, and ultimately second to Pharoah, Joseph’s journey was anything but typical.
The injustices recorded in Joseph’s life are numerous. He was sold into slavery by his brothers, lived as a servant to Potiphar in a foreign land, accused of rape by Potiphar’s wife, imprisoned for years … can we just acknowledge the reality? Joseph’s life was hard.
Ultimately God raised Joseph to be second in command to Pharoah and used him to save all of the children of Israel (and the Egyptians) from severe famine and starvation.
Somehow through all the suffering God was molding Joseph into the leader He intended him to be.
I love what Joseph says in Genesis 50: 20, “You meant it for evil but God meant it for good….”
As a mom of an often misunderstood child with a hidden disability, I have to cling to this truth about God. God is so great in His sovereignty that He can take the worst things that man can dish out and somehow bring good from them. We see it in Joseph’s life. We see it in Jesus life. We look with hope to see it in our children’s lives.
I am sure there were moments of discouragement in Joseph’s life. Moments of despair. Somehow through it all, Joseph maintained perspective of God’s greatness.
So today, as I ponder some of the challenges in my son’s life from school struggles to friendship woes, I cling to our great God — Who is so great in His sovereignty that He can take the worst man can dish out and make it beautiful.
Loving this great God,