2014-03-15 - Joseph
In the last chapters of Genesis, we find the story of Joseph, son of Jacob. Joseph was his father's favorite and, as a result, his brothers were jealous of Joseph. When Joseph told his brothers of his dreams of superiority, they further disliked him. Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery and told their father that Joseph had been attacked by a ferocious animal. Joseph ended up in Egypt as a servant of Potiphar, one of the Pharoah's officials. Joseph must have wondered why all this had happened to him, as well as what was going to happen to him.
Genesis 39:2 tells us that "The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master." Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his household. God further blessed Joseph, and Potiphar rewarded Joseph. Potiphar's wife made improper advances towards Joseph, and when he refused, she made false accusations against him. As a result, Joseph ended up in jail. While incarcarated, Joseph interepreted the dreams of two men -- the Pharoah's cupbearer and baker. Joseph asked the cupbearer, when he was released from prison, to "remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharoah and get me out of this prison." (Genesis 40:14) The Pharoah's cupbearer did get out of prison to serve the Pharoah again, but he forgot Joseph.
Joseph must have been terribly discouraged. His life had certainly not gone as he had expected and dreamed. Things must have looked hopeless. Joseph probably asked God what was going to happen with his life. Was Joseph to spend the rest of his life in prison, in a foreign land? Had God forgotten him?
Frequently, we find ourselves in situations where things haven't turned out the way we hoped. We wonder about God's plan for our lives. Like Joseph, we ask God questions. Has God forgotten us?
Next week, we will look at how God used Joseph to accomplish His plans.
Richard Moser, Jr