Adversities are part of life. Joseph could have been forgiven, or at least understood, for being an angry, hurt, offended and depressed individual. He could have blamed himself or others and he could even have blamed God for his situation, but he had a different attitude. I believe that deep within himself, he believed that there was a divine or a deeper meaning and purpose to what he was going through, even though he couldn’t see it at the time. If we look through history and see how God has turned situations around or given them meaning and purpose, we can also have a different attitude. It doesn’t really matter where the difficulties or the adversities come from, we must remind ourselves that God is in control of all things. The Lord does not bring this evil into our lives, but those who do are unwittingly setting the stage for His plans and purposes to prevail. Perhaps today you are facing some adversities. They often present themselves in many different ways. Even if it feels unfair and unjust and you cannot see the purpose in what you are going through, have the courage to believe that His hand is in all of it and He will turn it into good.

Romans 8:28 ‘And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.’


When we are in the middle of struggles and adversities, time seems to move very slowly. I remember a time when we as a family were going through tremendous hardship and adversity. We trusted the Lord, we prayed, we fasted, we even performed prophetic actions because nothing seemed to be changing. This season lasted seven years and then within six months everything had changed and we realised that God had something different in mind and He was moving us on to better things. It is, however, difficult during the time when nothing seems to change. We can, and often do, get impatient, frustrated and desperate. When we get impatient it can lead to taking matters into our own hands and history shows us that this is often the point at which we can make mistakes. When Joseph was going through such times, he watched his attitude, did the best that he could, served and made himself almost indispensable in the situation. In the end Joseph got to see God’s plan and purpose unfold in front of his eyes and in front of all of those who had tried to destroy or forget about him. Your patient trust will be rewarded.

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