February 25, 2023

The Lord was with Joseph - Bro. T. Stephen

My dearly beloved in Christ, I greet and bless you all in the Name of our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ. One of the most blessed truths that is revealed in the
holy scriptures of the Bible is that God has a special purpose to fulfil through
the lives of His faithful servants. In the Bible we read about the life of Joseph,
who was raised from the pit to the palace.
Jacob had 12 sons. And Joseph used to snitch about his brothers to his father
Jacob. Now Jacob loved Joseph more than all his children, and he made him a
tunic of many colours (Genesis 37:3). Then Joseph told his brothers about the
dreams he had. He said, “Listen to this dream I had. We were all out in the
field gathering bundles of wheat. Suddenly, my bundle stood straight up, and
your bundles circled around it and bowed down to mine” (Genesis 37:7). He
had another dream and told this one also to his brothers: “I dreamed another
dream—the sun and moon and eleven stars bowed down to me!”(Genesis
37:9). When he told the dreams to his brothers, they hated him even more.
His brothers had gone off to Shechem where they were pasturing their father’s
flocks and so Jacob sent Joseph to enquire about their welfare. They spotted
him off in the distance. By the time he got to them they had cooked up a plot
to kill him.
“Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall
say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his
dreams!” (Genesis 37:20).
Moreover, they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colours that was
on him and cast him into a pit (Genesis 37:24).
Joseph was sold into slavery, the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out
of the pit and sold him to the Midianite traders for twenty shekels of silver.
And they took Joseph to Egypt (Genesis 37: 28).
After Joseph had been taken to Egypt by the Midianite traders, Potiphar an
Egyptian, one of Pharaoh’s officials and the manager of his household, bought
him from them (Genesis 39:1).
And the Lord was with Joseph and had made him successful in everything he

The Bible says: “The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man”
(Genesis 39:2).
Moreover, Joseph was mistakenly thrown in prison. God not only rescued
Joseph who was innocent but also made him leader over all of Egypt.
Furthermore, the King said to Joseph, “you have greater wisdom and insight
than anyone else.” Did Joseph’s dreams die with him in the pit? Not at all. God
had a marvellous plan for Joseph and appointed him governor over all Egypt
(Genesis 41:41).
My dear children of God, are you suffering due to many challenges just like
Joseph? Are you lamenting that there is no one to come to your aid in your
loneliness? Are you crying because you cannot see the end of the tunnel?
Under such circumstances cling to God like Joseph, He will deliver you from
every snare and raise you up. Do not be worried!
When you are a person of integrity in your profession and vocation, God will
raise you to high positions! He will bring you up out of a horrible pit, out of the
miry clay, and set your feet upon a rock, and establish your steps (Psalm
40:1,2). Hold firmly to God whatever be your circumstances.
God brought good out of all the trials that Joseph faced. He brought good out
of the rejection and betrayal. He brought good out of Joseph’s imprisonment
when he was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and He brought good out of
the seven year famine.This same God can bring good out of any situation,
challenge, rejection or betrayal that you may face or are currently facing. All
He requires is your love for Him.
Let the Lord cause you to prosper. May He go before you as a Counsellor and
make all the crooked paths straight! As you hold onto Him firmly, He will raise
you from the pit to the palace just like He did for Joseph!

Prayer: Loving Heavenly Father, we thank you for this day. Lord, be with my
children as You we were with Joseph in every part of his life. You will raise my
children from the horrible pit and miry clay and set them upon the rock. Be
their Counseller and guide them.
In Jesus Name we pray

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