- ONLY GOD!
It was during this time that Joseph began to understand that only God could help him. He could not rely on his family. They had betrayed him and they did not even know that he was alive let alone in prison. He could not rely on his influence and position because he had been stripped of those. He could rely on his contacts, because even though he had asked them to help, they simply forgot. He could not rely on his rights, because after all he was a slave and slaves had no rights. There was nothing else to turn to – but God. When we get to this point then God is able to do something in our lives. While we are still trying this or that in some desperate attempt to help ourselves, we have not yet reached the place of total dependence
IT IS TIME!
With Joseph at this point of total dependence and with the realization that only God could help him now, something great was about to happen. As it happened the King had a dream that no one could interpret. At this point the friend he had helped in prison remembered and everything changed. The King sent for Joseph and he gave the meaning of the dream and the King appointed him as second in change to oversea the Kingdom and provides food for the nation. As a result the Egyptian nation had food during one of the greatest famines and had enough to spare to provide food for other nations. In this way Joseph’s family and the nation of Israel were provided for. Joseph at the end could forgive those who hurt him and said these famous words: WHAT YOU INTENDED FOR EVIL, GOD INTENDED FOR GOOD!
- HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?
How could Joseph have overcome such insurmountable odds and come out the other side a success? I have given this much thought and here are a few of my suggestions:
- Joseph constantly chose the right attitude. There are times in our lives when we have no control, but there is one thing we always have control over – our attitude.
- Joseph chose to forgive.
- Joseph chose to make the best of a bad situation.
- Joseph lived one day at a time.
- Joseph did not ‘camp’ at any stage of his life.
- Joseph held onto God.
- Joseph hoped against hope.
- Joseph had a dream!
If we can apply these principles to our lives, I believe that we too can recover from the things that life throws at us. One last thought – REMEMBER seasons change. Whatever the season is that you are facing, season do not last forever.