One of the greatest figures on Old Testament history is Joseph. Joseph went from prison to throne in one day and became the ruler of the then known world, from where he influenced world affairs and saved a nation and his nation. There is no greater success story. It is a rags to riches tale.
Along the road to the ultimate plan (blueprint) that God had for his life where many obstacles that each on their own were reason enough to ensure that Joseph would never amount to anything! As we look at these aspects, each of which had the possibility of destroying Joseph, perhaps you will identify one or more that could relate to your situation. As you look at them, remember God brought Joseph through all these things and caused him to be a great blessing to the then know world.
- A DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY
Joseph came from a dysfunctional family. Dysfunctional families are a major cause of problems within people’s lives. In fact I have been told that you cannot escape your upbringing. Joseph managed to rise above all of these circumstances and to fulfill God’s plan and purpose. Let see just how dysfunctional Joseph’s family was.
Joseph’s father Jacob was a deceiver. He was a schemer. He and his mother worked out a plan to rob his elder brother (Esau) of his inheritance. Jacob had been deceived himself. After working for seven years for his wife, they gave him the wrong wife and he had to work another seven years for the one he loved.
- WHEN TROUBLE COMES
Joseph’s mother died during childbirth. This occurred during Benjamin’s birth. Joseph’s father Jacob never really got over her death. Joseph was the first born of the wife that Jacob loved and now she was dead! This included premature death and death of a well-loved family member.