Saturday, January 16th, 2016
The Enemy's Game (Part 76)
Star Players: Joseph*
Joseph said to them 'Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.' And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
So Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his father's household. And Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. Joseph saw Ephraim's children to the third generation.
Genesis 50:19-23 (NKJV)
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 bad 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 as a slave 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 faced with direst 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 certainly end up on top.
To Be Continued...
* 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