From favorite-son status
to a pit, victim of treachery
to a top managerial position
to a dungeon on a trumped-up charge
to the position of Prime Minister!
Joseph’s life was a roller-coaster. While others might emerge from these experiences bitter and angry, the effect on Joseph’s character was quite different. He went from being a cocky younger brother to being a man of integrity, wisdom, and a tender heart that could truly forgive and love those who had hurt him so badly.
Why? The Lord was with Joseph in his slavery (Gen. 39:2-6),
in the dungeon (39:21-23),
and then before the king who promoted this prisoner to prime minister in one fell swoop! (41:38-40) And Joseph acknowledged that his hardships were part of God’s bigger plan to do greater things. (45:5 & 50:20)
So why do I complain? Joseph’s God is my God too.