Joseph is sold, hurt and a slave. He is angry.
Brothers are mad.
Jacob is a wreck.
Family is torn apart. Why? Jealousy.
It's a dangerous emotion, and for the most part, not at all based in fact. It is pure human emotion which can be misconstrued.
So why? Why did this have to happen? And why write about it?
Because some things never change, primarily the nature of human beings. We still go through these same feelings and emotions.
We still hear it today. Why did this happen to me? I'm a good person. I don't deserve this. What did I do?
Joseph didn't do anything either. In fact, after all of this, he was sent to work in the house of a very prominent man. When that man's wife made a pass at him and he refused her, she screamed rape. This selfish act threw Joseph in prison for seven years.
Now he could have sat down and had a little pity party. He could have felt sorry for himself and given up, but he didn't. He chose to make the best of a bad situation.
Joseph started helping his fellow prisoners. When they had bad dreams, he interpreted those dreams. His interpretations were so accurate that he was sent for by the leader of the country.
Long story short, Joseph was removed from prison and put in charge of a lot of stuff. When his brothers came back, begging for food some years later, Joseph had a chance to let God's light shine through. He was a living, breathing lesson in forgiveness.
So when people do nasty things to you, do you give up?
Are you filled with hatred and anger? do you sit down and cry 'why me'?
Or, do you recognize the opportunity to create change. Do you accept the challenge to be a leader, and show others how God wants us to behave and believe? Be the change you want to see in the world.
Don't just want it. Don't just complain about it. Step up. Do it. Be it. Live it.
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