When reading in Genesis 37 about Joseph who was sold into Egypt, I was reminded about how great of a lesson that we learn from this prophet.
When Joseph was a child he had dreams, or revelations from the Lord about whom he would someday become. He dreamt that he would be a leader over his brothers and many.
Pondering this story I could see the way that Joseph being sold, being made a slave, and even being put in prison on false accusations, could have led him to give up on those promises, and wonder if his revelations were even real? But, Joseph did not lose faith, and he continued to live his life in a way that showed that he knew someday the promises given him would be fulfilled.
Joseph's trials and the way that he handled them is a lesson for us all.
Brooke and Will, in your life you will sometimes question things that you see happen, or blessings not be fulfilled, and we can always look to this Joseph who was sold into Egypt and see the beautiful reminder that " All things will work together for the good, for those who love God. " ( Romans 8:28 )
If Joseph had not been sold into slavery by his brothers, he would not have been in the position to work in for Potipher, and if he had never worked for Potiphar, then he would have never been put into prison. If Joseph was never put in that prison he would not have been given revelation in regards to other prisoners dreams, whom would then not have taken this information of a man of inspiration to Pharoah, whom would then give Joseph the title of Vizier, the second most powerful man in Egypt, and make all of Joseph's promised blessings be fulfilled.
We can know that Joseph never lost faith in the promises or revelations that he was given by the Lord because Joseph continued to work hard as a slave and to use the situation for good.
In our lives, Our Heavenly Father will prove our revelations and promised blessings just as he did for Joseph who was righteous.
I hope that I can follow this example of Joseph and know that sometimes we must pass through one place, to get us to the place that we eventually need to be. Our Heavenly Father truly uses all things for our good.
“This ability to turn everything into something good appears to be a godly characteristic. Our Heavenly Father always seems able to do this. Everything, no matter how dire, becomes a victory to the Lord. " - OT Institute Manual, Genesis 37