Up to this point, Joseph has been wrongly treated and often forgotten. But by the end of Genesis chapter 41, there’s a surprise ending. Pharaoh frees Joseph from prison and makes him the second in command of Egypt. The father’s favorite son, though sorely mistreated, now sits in the seat of majesty and authority.
How did this happen? It happened because through all the hurtful circumstance, Joseph maintained his faith and integrity.
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Gal. 6:9 NLT)
The story of Joseph has all the elements of a good story, but it’s more than just a good story. Joseph’s life serves as a preview of the life of Jesus. Though innocent, Jesus was sold and abandoned by his own disciples. He was made to suffer separation from His Father, and because of His reverent submission (Heb. 5:7) and His obedient servant’s heart (Phil. 2:6-8), Jesus was exalted to a place of honor and authority. (Phil. 2:9-11)
The life of Joseph also serves as a lesson to us, reminding us that:
- We are to have the same attitude as Jesus and Joseph. (Phil. 2:5)
- No matter the circumstance, we’re to do what’s right and good. (Galatians 6:9)
- We’re to glorify God by completely trusting Him in all circumstances. (Rom. 8:28)
This is the way to know the strength and power of Christ, and experience a surprise ending to your story.
When times get tough, does your life demonstrate this kind of humility, trust, and service?
Bret Legg is the Teaching and Counseling Pastor at Warren Baptist Church in Augusta, GA.