Thought for the month – November 2012

Joseph

My wife and I have recently been reading about Joseph (Genesis 37, 39 to 46) in our Quiet Times. This story is relevant to us today.

Joseph’s father favoured him by giving him a special coat (translators vary in their description of it being brightly coloured to having long sleeves); so Joseph was proud of this and as result was treated badly by his brothers.

Having been sold by them and finding himself working for one of Pharaoh’s officials, he was again unfairly treated and found himself in prison.

But God knew all about this – FIRST IMPORTANT POINT. Several times the Bible says, “The Lord was with Joseph”. What a help and comfort Joseph found this to be.

You would have thought he had been through enough trouble, but then, when he asked a fellow prisoner who was being released to remind Pharaoh he was still in prison, the man forgot.

But God did not forget – He arranged for Joseph to be freed – SECOND IMPORTANT POINT. It is worth trusting in God, rather than men, and waiting God’s timing.

After 20 years of separation, Joseph was reunited with his father and brothers.

He was the means of providing for them during seven years of famine! THIRD IMPORTANT POINT – He did not take the credit, but told them, “It was not you who sent me here, but God.”
Gen 45 v 8.

It is a story worth reading for yourself!

John
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