How did Joseph go from being sold as a slave by his brothers to being in charge of Egypt?
Joseph’s brothers sold him as a slave to slave traders.
The slave traders sold him to Potiphar, the captain of the Palace Guard. Potiphar put him charge of his entire household.
Potiphar’s wife accused Joseph of rape.
Joseph was thrown into prison and chained in the dark dungeon...his feet were shackled and neck was placed in iron (Psalm 105:18).
He was abandoned by a friend and left in prison for 13 years.
Most, if not all of us, have said the following to God, "God, I just don't understand." The reason we have said this to God is because something has happened, or didn't happen, that we don't understand.
Maybe this is you.
You have said to God, "God, I just don't understand."
Your heart is hurting. Your mind is confused.
You were told by your Pastor, Bible teacher, small group leader, mentor, or friend that through your faith, through your right believing in the finished work of Jesus, God would bless you with a better job, a restored marriage, a healed body.
In my blog,Standing Your Ground By Standing In Grace, we looked at how the devil and his forces of evil seek to destroy our lives by deceiving us with their lies. We looked at the first lie the devil and his evil forces lie to us about, the character of God. Their goal is to distort the character of God with their lies so they can destroy our lives.
InStanding Your Ground By Standing In Grace, we discovered that the devil seeks to distort God's character by diminishing the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
You have prayed for years. You have believed for years. You have had faith for years. Still everything in your life continues to spiral down.
You sought God. You gave your life to God. You asked God for guidance. You asked God for provision. And everything falls apart.
You trusted in God's word that he rewards those who diligently seek him. Yet, rather than reward, you received hurt and pain.
Now you are left with your faith shattered. Your heart hurting. Your hope diminished.
times in our lives when we become disappointed with God. We become
disappointed because something we longed, prayed, and believed God for
went unfulfilled. Not only did it go unfulfilled, but the exact opposite
happened bringing tremendous pain into our lives. As a result, we
become disappointed with God.
with God can cause us to become bitter and angry toward God. It can
cause us to doubt if God really cares or doubt if God exists at all.
Discouragement and despair sets in.
Life is filled with pain, problems, and pressures. Each of these drives us to God in prayer. Through prayer, we share our feelings with God and make requests of God. With faith, we continue to pray even though we do not see evidence that God hears our prayers at all. However, after much prayer over the course of a long period of time, we feel as if our prayers have gone unheard and unanswered. Eventually, we reach the point where we want to give up on prayer. We lose hope. We lose confidence. We lose faith.
When we are going through problems and pain, we often ask God how long will they last. How long will the financial problems last? How long will the unemployment last? How long will the sickness last? How long will the family problems last? How long will I be in this place? How long will I hurt? How long will you abandon me, God? If you find yourself asking God,"How long?", be encouraged. David, described in the Bible as a man after God's own heart, asked the same question.
In Psalm 13, David asked God,"