Joseph replied, '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 good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. No, don't be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.' So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.
So Joseph and his brothers and their families continued to live in Egypt. Joseph lived to the age of 110.
Joseph suffered unjust imprisonment. For thirteen years, he was heavy-laden, because his brothers hated the dreamer who was clearly their father's favorite.
But even as a slave and prisoner, God favored him among the Egyptians. In the meantime, Joseph learned all their ways, and he refined his skills in management.
Consider some of Joseph's big moments:
1) Jacob publicly favored young Joseph, and Joseph publicized his lofty dreams. Consequently, his brothers were jealous and sold out the enthusiastic teen.
2) Joseph became Potiphar's leading slave, showing talent as an overseer. But he showed even more integrity, when he refused a lewd invitation.
3) As a result, he landed in prison. Therein, he rose in administration, but also aced dream interpretation--which finally brought him before Pharaoh.
4) When Pharaoh appointed him governor, his thirteen years of slavery ended. While he saved both Egypt and Israel, Joseph reconciled with his family.
5) Jacob was reunited with his son, and the children of Israel grew large. God's purpose was served through Joseph's hard years, and his character shined under pressure.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What can be learned from Joseph's story?
Maybe to be discreet with your dreams. Maybe how to live among pagans. Maybe how to keep your hope alive, when facing the worst circumstances.
Maybe to respect foreign bosses and always give them your best efforts. Maybe how to forgive family who have treated you mercilessly.
Maybe that God's plan is always good, and to trust His timing through the years. Maybe that if you do all these things, you will end up with the biggest win.
## The Enemy's Game: God's All Stars--Joseph* (Part 76)
* Short article: What should we learn from the life of Joseph? http://www.gotquestions.org/life-Joseph.html
** Joseph's story in the Bible: Genesis 37,39-50: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+37%2C39-50&version=NKJV
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.