Genesis 37

The Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and he gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Genesis 39:21

The story of Joseph isn’t some fable that we read for entertainment and then pause long enough to consider the moral at the end of the story. It is the biblical account of a real man who endured real hardships. It is also a wonderful pattern after which we should model our responses in times of trial.

If you ever wonder why travail enters your life, take some time to read Joseph’s story in chapters 37 through 50 of Genesis. Over many years he repeatedly faced heartache: his brothers threw him into a pit and sold him into slavery; Potifphar’s wife framed him for rape; he was thrown into prison; he was forgotten by the butler he helped. Year after year, Joseph awoke daily to tribulation.

Yet nowhere does God’s Word state that Joseph had done anything wrong. God wasn’t punishing him. Instead, God advanced Joseph through his adversity. he used the pressure of trials to mold Joseph into the man who would lead and save an entire nation. Joseph never complained about his plight. He never blamed God or anyone else. He accepted his conditions and patiently trusted in the Lord.

Adversity is a part of life. Joseph was no more immune to it than you are. Yet isn’t it comforting to know that Joseph’s God is your God, and that through Christ, you can know Him in an even more personal way?

Dear heavenly Father, use the adversities of my life to mold me into what You want me to be.

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