Week 9: Difficult Times
- Genesis 37:1-40:23
- Amos 2:6-3:8
- Acts 7:9-16
Joseph is an amazing servant of God. I think sometimes he is overlooked in the Word. The importance of Joseph to handle himself the way he did in Egypt, after being rejected by his own brothers, thrown into prison, accused of sexual misconduct, and eventually elevated to the highest position in Egypt is an important story with many lessons we can learn today.
When looking at the world around me, especially in the community of faith, I find it difficult to find to many people that can endure like Joseph. Often, when we face trials, our time spent in on focusing on our feelings without ever searching for the answers to your problems. If Joseph would have stayed in his feelings, he would never have become the mighty leader that we read about. Joseph was a man that found favor in the eyes of Pharaoh because of his relationship with God. We also find that Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Mannaseh are the first two brothers to get along with one another, unlike Jacob and Essau.
“Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. And after a time his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master's wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge. He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her.” - Genesis 39:6-10
“These patriarchs were jealous of their brother Joseph, and they sold him to be a slave in Egypt. But God was with him and rescued him from all his troubles.” Acts 7:9-10
Questions for Reflection:
▪ Like Joseph, am I able to refuse temptation when it presents itself? ▪ How do I handle myself in difficult situations?
▪ When family treats me unjustly how do I handle the situation?
▪ Using Joseph as a model, am I able to let go of my past and serve God wholeheartedly today?