God’s Plans

Genesis 37:18-24(NIV)

18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.

19 “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. 20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”

21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. 22 “Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.

23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— 24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it.

 

You feel good when good things happen in your life.  Perhaps you received a raise, received an award or as simple as finding a parking spot.  It’s when bad things happen that will test our faith and trust in God.  Do we struggle and shake our fists at God or do we just accept it and ask God for guidance and strength?

Joseph had everything going for him.  His dad made a beautiful robe of many colours for him and had responsibility in his household.  He also had a dream that his brothers and his parents will praise and worship him.  However, everything came down with a crash when his brothers saw him at a distance and had the plot to kill him. Instead he was sold to foreigners and he lost everything.  He was stripped of everything, including his name, status and position.  He was sold as a slave and was owned by somebody. God blessed him, and even though he was mistreated again and thrown into prison, He still trusted in God.  God continued to be with Joseph with His own plans.

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