Joseph was a young man with big ambitions. He also had ten older brothers (step brothers from a different mother), who absolutely resented him. Even though he was younger, their father seemed to favor Joseph more than the others. One day while they were out from home, the older brothers came across some human traffickers and they sold Joseph into slavery.
It turned out that Joseph finished up working in a Royal House in the Middle East and he had become a valued adviser to the King. There came a time when Joseph encouraged the king to stockpile grain for seven years while the harvests were plentiful, for he knew that years of famine and crop failure were fast approaching.
As the famine gripped the world, Joseph’s brothers found themselves in Joseph’s Court, begging for aid. Now Joseph played a few games on them and who could blame him. But as things boiled to a head, Joseph in heartfelt tears, revealed who he was to his brothers.
At first, the brothers were fearful, because they remembered how badly they had treated Joseph many years ago, and wondered what Joseph had suffered because of their betrayal. However, Joseph reassured them. Joseph did not see himself as a victim of his brothers’ betrayal, rather he saw that God had used what they intended for evil as a means to bring about a better future for the family.
Joseph is, of course, the son of Jacob and the story of his life is found in Genesis Chapters 37 – 50.
The principle which Joseph explained to brothers, is one we can and should claim. That which is intended for evil, God uses for good. That principle has a name. It is called redemption. It is the business of Heaven. Our God is a redeemer and He takes the bad junk in our lives and if we allow Him, He transforms these things into incredible times of blessings.
This week so many of us have had our lives, our plans, our hopes, and our dreams are torn down. Many will despair and just give up. That is sad. Others will fight and climb their way back. However, the truly blessed ones will use this shaking of their world, to transform their relationship with Jesus Christ. For those who do that, it will be the beginning of an incredible journey.
For those who are stripped of employment and financial resources, yet find a genuine faith in Jesus Christ, there will come a day when they look back on this year and all its trouble, as the year of their greatest blessing. They will one day rejoice at the things they have lost or suffered, for such is the greatness of the hope that awaits them.
Will you in faith thank God for these moments of hardship and allow Him to bring something new and wonderful into your life?