Saturday, January 24, 2009

Joseph: Tested and Triumphant

I love the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis. Not only is it an exciting, interesting story of a man who goes from rags to riches overnight, but it is a true account of a man in whose life God mightily worked and who chose to honor God when all else was against him. Joseph went through a great deal when he was young. His brothers made fun of him. Then they threatened to kill him, and instead sold him away to merchants headed for Egypt. Joseph was made a servant to the captain of the guard, and, just as he was doing well, he was accused for doing something he actually had refused to do, and then was cast into prison. It would seem he was just doomed to all kinds of tragedy. Joseph was a perfect advocate for bitterness. And yet, he chose not to be bitter. He let the Lord rule out the circumstances of his life in His own way and timing. Meanwhile, Joseph continued to live a righteous life, marked by uprightness, diligence, submission, patience, and purity, and the Lord blessed him. In the end, he could look back and see how God was using all those events to accomplish His purposes and bring Him glory.

Reading the account of this extraordinary man has really helped me lately as I have felt "weighed under" by some circumstances. My little trials are nothing to Joseph's, and yet I can be like Joseph in the following ways:
  1. By allowing God to use the trials, however big or small, to glorify Himself
  2. By choosing not to let them crust me over with bitterness but instead make me a more Christlike person
  3. By allowing God Himself to vindicate my cause in His own perfect timing
If Joseph could go through all those trials without bitterness or despair, so can I go through what God brings into my life now with a Christlike spirit, despite everything. Like Joseph, I need to love and serve and trust. Praise the Lord for reminding us of these things when we need them most. We serve a wonderful God whom we can trust to take all the pieces of our life and make them into something beautiful!

"But the LORD was with Joseph
and showed him steadfast love
and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge
of all the prisoner who were in the prison.
Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it.
The keeper of the prison paid no attention
to anything that was in Joseph's charge,
because the LORD was with him.
And whatever he did, the LORD made it succeed."
(Genesis 39:21-23)


Amy said...

That is so good. Wow and I think I have troubles!! Great to see you again Melanie! :)

Rosebud said...

Thanks for the encouragement, sister!

Alaina said...

Joseph's story is such an encouragement! ( And a conviction...:S).