Well, it looks like i labeled yesterday’s chapter 39 instead of 38. It’s fixed now, but if you were confused as to why Genesis 39 didn’t have anything to do with Judah and his family, that’s because it doesn’t. It was supposed to be Genesis 38. Well, now on to the real Genesis 39.
Why does it seem at times that God’s blessing is immediately proceeded by some sort of trial or struggle? At times through my life it has felt like the moment things start going right and smoothly, that is the moment it all starts to fall apart. It feels like i just start to bounce back from one problem and… BANG! I’m hit by the next.
That’s what appears to be happening here in Joseph’s life. Joseph was a good young man, but his brother’s were jealous of him and his father’s favoritism towards him. So they tried to make him miserable. In turn God blesses him with dreams foretelling a future in which his brothers will bow down to him. At which point his brothers decide to kill him, then at the last minute sell him as a slave. So he gets sent down to Egypt and is sold into the household of an important leader. Joseph does the right thing and God blesses Him. Joseph continues to do the right thing and as a result of doing the right thing he ends up accused of something he didn’t do with no way to defend himself. So now he’s in a maximum security foreign prison with no hope of release. I mean honestly, how much lower can a guy get? So what does he do? He does the right thing. He does his job well, and he becomes the most respected prisoner in that foreign maximum security facility.
Where is that going to get him. Every time he does the right thing and begins to excel beyond his situation, he loses out. He drops deeper and deeper, like a man falling in a pit trying to climb out and each time he finally starts to make progress, he falls deeper in.
For those who already know, we know where this is going. For those who don’t, this isn’t the end. At one point in my life as i saw this happening, God spoke to me. He told me that He loved me and not to worry. Do you know what my automatic reaction was? My reaction was, “Oh great, NOW what’s going to happen?” You see, this had become my mentality. This is how i had begun to see God and how He worked. I began to believe that as soon as God began to bless me, it was just a predecessor to another trial… to another struggle, and i began to lose hope.
I know better now, but this is still how i feel sometimes. I know a number of you can relate. If that’s where you are. You feel like it doesn’t matter how much you try… how much you do the right thing time, and time, and time, and time, and time again, and it seems like it’s a waste of time and life. Well it’s not. There is hope. There is always hope. It may not feel like it but God does love you, and He is taking care of you. It’s never as bad as it seems, so just trust Him! (I know, easier said than done sometimes, but do it anyways.)