One of my favorite stories as a child was “Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors.”  I recently went back and re-read the story of Joseph’s life in Genesis 37-49.  Joseph was a critical part of God’s plan concerning the 12 tribes of Israel.  Life’s road took many turns for Joseph as he pushed forward under God’s direction.  His brothers sold him to a caravan of peddlers and the caravan sold him to Potiphar.  Potiphar saw that, “the Lord made everything he did successful,” (Chapter 37:3) so he put Joseph over everything he owned.   Potiphar’s wife then falsely accused Joseph of trying to sleep with her.  Potiphar had Joseph thrown into prison.  While in prison, he used his God given gift of “dream interpretation” to tell two prisoners the meaning of their dreams.  One of the prisoners got released to serve Pharoh.  When Pharoh had a dream that no one could interpret , the servant told him about Joseph.  Joseph was called in to explain the dream.  He told Pharoh about the 7 good years and the 7 years of famine.  Joseph was put in charge of everything under Pharoh and commissioned with preparing for the 7 years of famine.  Joseph stored food which eventually brought his brothers from their homes to buy the food from their brother.  Through a series of clever tricks, Joseph revealed his identity while helping his brothers with their food needs.  

As I read about Joseph, I was blown away by his PATIENCE AND FOCUS.  Joseph did not let the circumstances of life change who he was as a person.  He stayed emotionally level.  NO EXTREME HIGHS AND NO EXTREME LOWS.  Joseph seemed to, “trust God’s heart when he couldn’t trace His hand.”  

Sometimes life just doesn’t make sense.  Things happen that we just cannot get our minds around.  All questions do not have immediate answers.  Sometimes God’s plan takes longer than we would like to play out in our lives.  Faith and patience are key to making it through. 


One Response to “5.28.2008”

  1. John Gayhart Says:

    Great post man. Don’t we all wish we had the strength of Joseph. We’re often more like the brothers. Faith and patience…………two of the most difficult, yet most important virtues.

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