This post is long overdue. I have wanted to write it for a long time, but I honestly needed to stop thinking about it. Every time I thought of Joseph’s story, my mind immediately went back to not qualifying for the National Bible Bee. Even writing this post was somewhat difficult.
However, I am slowly learning to let go of it. It is hard, and I still dislike thinking about it, but nonetheless, participating was a blessing. I learned so much about Joseph that I did not know before, and it has helped my walk with God. Now, I am ready to share what God has taught me through the summer study.
Trust God in Everything
I must admit, Joseph had it tough. For 14 chapters, so much happened. But, God remained faithful. The way He worked things out was according to His plan, and Joseph continued to trust that. He is such an example for us when we go through difficult seasons of life and face trials. When the path seems dark, there will always be Light ready to guide us through it.
Trusting God means that we have to stop relying on ourselves and follow what He has planned. I know that it can be challenging because we want things to go the way we want, and we may not like what God has in store. Or sometimes, we are afraid to give up control because we do not know what will happen next.
But that is why we must grow in our faith. Trials are a test of faith, and it truly can only grow when we face them.
Remember that God’s ways are perfect, and there is a purpose in EVERYTHING that happens. We have nothing to fear because He is perfect.
Forgive No Matter What
Joseph was treated very poorly by his brothers. Forgiving can be tough because we may want to cast revenge on that person and just do not want to talk to them anymore. But always remember that we are sinners as well. We are no better than the person who is treated wrong, despite being Christian or not.
God forgave our sins by sending Jesus to die on the cross out of love, so then we would not have to suffer in that way. None of us deserve what Jesus did on the cross, but we must show it to others because He did. We are to love our enemies as they are God’s creation, too. Demonstrate grace, love, and mercy to everyone around you so that you can be a light and reflect Christ.
Overcome Evil with Good
Like I mentioned before, it can be easy to gain the desire to cast out revenge on those who are treating you poorly. But you know, that is not what Joseph did. Despite all the bad that his brothers did to him, not only did he forgive them but even provided for them later when he rose to power. Frankly, that was God at work in him.
Ever since I discovered Romans 12:21, it has been stuck in my head ever since. We are to turn the other cheek and not be like the other person. We are to be the bigger person by doing what Jesus would do. As I have said on numerous accounts (and will continue to say), we are not perfect and will make mistakes; however, that does not mean we should not strive to glorify Christ.
Even though we will fail in doing certain things, that doesn’t mean we cannot overcome evil with good. That’s what Joseph did.
I have learned so much through studying Joseph’s story over the summer, and I am grateful for the opportunity. Despite not qualifying for the competition, God began working in me as I experienced a test of faith. I am still dealing with that test, but I have learned to rely on and trust in Him. His ways are perfect, so I never have to be afraid.