This week we dove into Chapter 3 of The Story and talked all about Joseph. Joseph has an incredible journey with his brothers, his father and with God. Joseph’s story starts with his brothers hating him because of the obvious favoritism from their father, Jacob. This favoritism resulted in ultimately Joseph’s brothers selling him into slavery, against Joseph’s will. They covered it up by claiming a wild animal attacked him. The story goes on and through a series of ups-and-downs, including being falsely accused, being imprisoned and eventually God uses Joseph to interpret dreams, Joseph ends up, years later, in a position of high authority in Egypt.
Throughout his life, Joseph had to be asking God, multiple times, “God, what are you doing right now?” Why was Joseph going through the things he was going through? How often do we ask that same question to God about our own lives? Things happen in our lives and we don’t know why. We don’t know why we got that diagnosis. We don’t know why we lost that family member. We don’t know why we lost that job, that friend or our marriage. So we go before God, pour out our hearts and look for answers. Often times, we don’t always find them right away.
Back to the story of Joseph…
Joseph got to that high position of authority by warning Egypt that there was a famine of crops coming soon and that Egypt needs to store away food for the future. Egypt listened and Egypt and the surrounding nations began to experience a huge famine. A couple of years into the famine, Joseph’s family began to experience a famine as well. Jacob, the father, sends his sons to Egypt to get more food. There, they met Joseph, whom they presumed was dead. Joseph had every right to be upset, to deny them food, to even have them killed but instead he chose to react differently. Check out what Joseph says to his brothers,
“Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” Genesis 45:4-7
“…it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you”
Joseph realized at this moment that God used this terrible situation, a situation where he was sold into slavery, left for dead by his own brothers, falsely accused and imprisoned, for good. God can take any situation that we go through, good or bad, and use it for something amazing. If you allow God to, He can take your tough situation and use it to bless others. But will you allow God to?
Can you think of a time where you asked, “God, why is this happening”? Share that experience with your kid(s). What did God did with that situation? (Maybe you are still waiting for God to do something with that situation)