Learning from Joseph
Joseph was the 11th of the 12 sons of Jacob and Rachel. Joseph was loved by Jacob because he had been born to him in his old age. His father Jacob made him a beautiful coat to signify his love. Joseph’s devotion to God and his family made him an outstanding Biblical figure from whom we can learn a lot.
- Rely on God’s guidance
God blessed Joseph with the ability to interpret dreams. Through his interpretation, the King of Egypt built storage buildings to gather extra food in the seven years of plenty so that people would be well fed in the years of lack. The king was so pleased with Joseph and made him in charge of food in Egypt. When his brothers came to Egypt to look for food they bowed down before Joseph in deep respect. Joseph could identify them and gave them food though his brothers could not identify him as he was dressed up in his royal robes. Joseph did not reveal himself to them and allowed them to buy as much grain. God was at work in Joseph’s life-giving his wisdom in all he did.
- Forgive always
After some time, Joseph’s brothers had to travel back to Egypt again to buy more grain, this time they brought with them the youngest brother Benjamin at Joseph’s request. Once again, they bowed down before Joseph. This was exactly the way Joseph had dreamt it would happen. Joseph could not hold his tears when he saw his brother Benjamin. He then revealed himself to his brothers and told them not to be afraid of him. His brothers were in utter shock. He said “you did evil to me, but God has turned it into something good.
- God is Sovereign
How do we react when life brings storms and challenges to us? We often murmur and complain right? The Bible reminds us to cling to God’s promises, knowing that by His mighty hand he will get us through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4). From the story of Joseph, we see that at no one point did Joseph complain, he found favour with God and trusted that God’s hand was upon Him. We too can rely on God today knowing that He is present and will fight for us and battles and give us victory.
How often do we forgive people for things they have done to us in the past? Is it not easy to hold grudges or to oppress others when in positions of influence in repayment for what they did to us in the past? May God help us to have a heart like Joseph who was willing to let go of the past and focus on the future.
Father thank for working in and through our lives through different seasons. Help us to trust in you to do extraordinary things in our lives. We choose to rely on you because you are faithful and reliable. Amen