Meandering in a way that no one had planned, circumstances apparently had control over Joseph’s life – or was it the circumstances?
First his brothers stripped him of his gorgeous coat and threw him into a pit. I can hear them now,
“You little brat! You hear that, Joseph, you’re a brat and we are going to leave you here!”
“No, please…” shouts Joseph. “No…no – what have I done now,” he yells, writhing and trying to evade their grasp. They can’t be serious, can they?
Emotions flared! More irritated than ever, the brothers just wanted him out of their sight!
It seems they wanted to give him a good scare. Once their irritation subsided, they probably planned to go back, pull him up and take him home.
While the brothers were squabbling and making wisecracks about selling him, something unexpected occurred. The Midianites found him and saw dollar signs!
What a nice, young strapping lad, sitting there, helpless. They removed Joseph from the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites who carried him all the way into Egypt.
Upon discovering that Joseph was missing, Reuben’s reaction was one of total horror. He then ‘returns’ to his brothers. This shows that they were not at the scene either. And what happens? They react in total panic.
Yes, they had considered selling Joseph, but they had also contemplated murdering him, and thought better of it. Now matters had been taken out of their hands altogether.
The Midianites sold Joseph to Potiphar as a slave. In Potiphar’s house, he managed to work his way into the head steward’s position only to be lied about by the owner’s wife.
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He wasn’t guilty of anything except protecting and respecting his master’s belongings – including the wife.
When no one was around, wifey-poo got her hands on Joseph’s coat. She wanted him bad. She grabbed and held on!
In a moment, RIGHT made for flight! Joseph whipped around, pealing himself out of the coat, leaving it empty in her hands. He fled! She lied. Another coat lost, and on to another pit (prison). No Fun!
Although hard work bought him the favor of the Prison-Keeper, Joseph was still locked up. Interpreting dreams for some of the Pharaoh’s employees should have had a better, speedier outcome, but more time passed. Of course, we know the end of the story for Joseph. Joseph stayed true and God gave him favor all the way to the top!
The importance of staying true and upright in the world today cannot be stressed enough. Temptations are many.
Things may occur, even in church, where standing up for what is right makes for isolation or loneliness.
Several years ago, rejection and rending heartache gripped my husband and me.
For one year, we had prayed and waited patiently over a certain situation at church to correct itself. Suddenly, the Holy Spirit was adamant. It was time to confront the Pastor.
Unmarried couples who were living together were being allowed to teach the children’s Sunday school classes. Another incident concerned the pastor’s own son and the son’s unsaved girlfriend. They were a bad example and an unduly influence on the teen group given into their charge. It could not be ignored. It was hurting the church.
In humility, I laid out the issues. Right away the Pastor bristled – so did his wife. It didn’t go well from there, and the Pastor basically showed us the door. They told us that they were trying to win these people by “showing God’s love.” We were heartbroken. Sin is never justified.
All of our children understood the problem, and they also left the church when we did. Such a sad day for all of us, and a rip-off for all those to whom we regularly ministered. The ripple effect was huge. Even the Spanish service found itself without a guitarist and worship leader.
Finding a new church was rough. Losing all our friends was even harder. The hurt continued to scream and thoughts raged. We were the odd balls. We were the “bad guys.” It wasn’t fair! There was no way to vindicate ourselves in anyone’s eyes.
I cried out to God and He brought the lesson home. He let me know,
“Joseph made a Resolute Choice – –
He may have lost his coat – – –
BUT – – – he kept his character !
You might have ‘lost your coat’, but you kept your character.
You are accountable to ME, and I will keep you!”
That was enough for me.
Billy Graham said it this way,
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost;
when health is lost, something is lost;
when character is lost, all is lost.”
I didn’t like losing my coat, but thank God, all was NOT lost!
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