Genesis 50:19-20 “And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”
There is so much I do not understand.
Why God allows evil to prevail. Why good people suffer. Why my prayers seemingly go unanswered. But, where would faith come into play? What opportunity would I have to exercise my belief in a God who has all power? Who is all-knowing? Who tells me that all my needs shall be supplied?
Joseph has always been one of the characters of the Bible I have admired greatly. His faith did not waver. Under the most extreme circumstances, Joseph held fast to his belief that God was going to work it all out.
Sold into slavery by his brothers; falsely accused while working to make his master’s home run smoothly; imprisoned falsely and forgotten by almost everyone except God; Joseph lived and worked as unto his God without complaint.
Could we say the same of the trials and difficulties in our lives?
Could our faith rise to say to all who look on – “God will work this out for good.”
Did Joseph have a vision or discernment above the rest? Was he favored by God and given things that we do not possess? The Bible is silent to all of these questions. There is no place where we see that Joseph spoke directly to God or that God spoke to Him. Yet, Joseph’s faith remained intact and fully engaged throughout his life.
Outside of the vision that he gave to his brothers bowing before him, he knew that God; the God of Abraham, Isaac, and his father Jacob, was his God.
I am sure if asked, we would say, “I believe in God”. But, would our lives be a testimony to that belief? Does my daily walk have a directed path – one that is guided by the Holy Spirit and revealed by our obedience to Him?
The book of Hebrews tells us:
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
I have to ask myself when I read this verse: “Do I believe you God, that you are who you say you are? If so, do I diligently seek you?”
Today, may we set aside the failures of the past and go forth with a renewed faith to trust God come what may!