In today’s world, many people live in a pit. Unemployment, foreclosures, divorce, illness, and instability disrupt lives and plunge many into despair.
Joseph lived in a pit too. Literally. Although he followed God’s will and lived a life of integrity, he was betrayed by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused, and imprisoned. Then at age twenty-eight, dreams interrupted the life of this dreamer. He correctly interpreted the cupbearer’s and baker’s dreams, and hope filled his heart as the cupbearer promised to remember him to Pharaoh. The promise was broken.
Two more years passed in prison. Joseph had endured thirteen years of misery, a cruel reward for a godly life. He had every reason to despair.Yet, he didn’t.
When Pharaoh’s two dreams jiggled the cupbearer’s memory, Joseph was brought to the king and asked if he could interpret. “‘I cannot do it,’ Joseph replied to Pharaoh, ‘but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires’” (Genesis 41:16). His faith in God shone in every word he spoke, so that Pharaoh said, “‘Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?’” (Gen. 41:38).Faith kept Joseph strong in the pit. Instead of giving in to bitterness and despair, Joseph leaned on the Lord. He trusted God to be with him, whether or not he was pulled out of that pit. Because of that faith, when he was pulled out, he saw God’s hand in everything that had happened to him. Faith allowed him to tell his brothers, “‘It was not you who sent me here, but God’” (Gen. 45:8).
In those dark pits, remember the Lord has a purpose and a plan, and lean hard on Him.
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