Joseph, a prince of patience

cross drawingA little over two weeks ago,  I had the pleasure of hearing Max Lucado speak on the subject  “You’ll Get Through This” which focuses on the life of Joseph. I haven’t read the book yet, but I have seen the encouraging  television program series.   I  have long admired Mr. Lucado’s  unassuming  style of speech and his peaceful presenckaratee.  With that said, I was floored when he referred to Genesis 50: 20 as an act of “ divine ju-jitsu.”  I laughed out loud.    In my mind’s eye the white robe of God was cinched with a satin black belt.

But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. __Genesis 50:20

Joseph’s brothers meant to harm  him when they threw him into the cistern ; but  they subsequently settled on selling their brother as a slave.  Joseph’s fall did not end there. From his position as overseer in Potiphar’s  house,  Joseph ultimately  landed  in the pit of an Egyptian prison.  He remained there two years more by God’s providence and the butler’s neglected word to remember him to Pharoah.

Chapter 39 of the Book of Genesis 39  states that God was with Joseph in slavery and in his prison stay.  However, there is no detailed description of God’s plan for Joseph’s life; nor an itinerary of scheduled events that he would have to endure.  Unlike Joseph, I only have to skip a few verses to see how the story ends.  I have  just a peek of God’s perspective when He watches us walk through tough times because He knows how our story ends.

Joseph exemplifies  Hebrews 10:36:

For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

All that Joseph endured tempered him to oversee the  agricultural plan that saved Egypt and his family from starvation. For his patience, Joseph’s reward was great and his dreams realized.  Joseph’s story starts with murderous hatred and ends with  salvation and restoration.   I would call that “divine ju-jitsu”  .   . too!

Grace and Peace,

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Related Scripture

 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. __Genesis 50:20

And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand. Genesis __39:2-3

But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper. __Genesis 39:21-23

For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. __Hebrews 10:36

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