I have been reading about Joseph the past week. This is one of my favorite Bible stories. I also enjoy watching the animated movie with my kids. While reading, something really hit me.
Joseph's brothers laughed at him all the time, they threw him in a ditch and they sold him. Oh how hurtful! The pain of knowing you will probably never, ever see your beloved family again, the pain of knowing your brothers dislike you so much they did this to you, and the fear of knowing you might not even live! Then he gets to Egypt and is a slave, then sent to prison for something he never even did. I hate to say it, but I think I would be bitter and angry.
"'I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. But don't be upset, and don't be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives." Genesis 45:4-5
"Don't be afraid of me. Am I God that I can punish you? You intended to harm me but God intended it all for God. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people." Genesis 50:19-20
Joseph was not angry, hurt or bitter. Oh I am sure sitting at the bottom of the pit waiting for something unknown, he was hurt or confused. But he gave that to God. He saw that even though bad things happened, God had a purpose in it. He was in such a position that he could have ruined his brothers. But he didn't. He took care of them and loved them.
I want to be like Joseph. I want to look past the bad and see what God is doing. Sometimes our life can feel off, even chaotic. But God is at work. God has bigger plans. Let's try to be like Joseph. Let's let go of the anger, hurt, bitterness and confusion. Let's let God finish His work.
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