Joseph’s story reflects ultimate betrayal and rejection. He was betrayed and rejected by many people, including his brothers, because he was different, because he had dreams that they did not understand, because he had dreams that they did not agree with. Now although betrayal and rejection is evident in this story, we can also see that Joseph had to Trust God in the wilderness. He had to Trust him in order to survive out there. He had to Trust him in order to receive promise and in order to receive victory. In the midst of the betrayal and rejection Joseph did not realize that his every step was ordained. He did not realize that favor would follow him every where his feet treaded. Joseph did not realize that God was working it all out for his good.
Let’s take a deeper look into the story of Joseph. Now according to dictionary.com to betray means to deliver to an enemy by treachery. It means to disappoint, prove undependable and to abandon or forsake. This is exactly what Joseph’s brothers had done to him. They were jealous of Joseph and were intimidated by his dreams. They disliked him so much that they sold him to the Ishmaelites as a slave. Even though Joseph was afraid, heartbroken by his brother’s betrayal and disappointed by their decision to cause him harm, he remained steadfast in God. He knew that God would be with him always. See what the enemy meant for bad, God turned it around for good. When Joseph became imprisoned by the Egyptian Master, he was favored by God and everything that his hands touched prospered. Somebody declare: God give me Joseph’s Favor!! The wards and other inmates pretty much let Joseph do as he please. What Joseph thought was the end and the ultimate betrayal turned out to be the greatest victory of his life and is something that we still remember him for today. I can imagine Joseph may have felt down and depressed some days while out in the wilderness. He may have felt alone and uncomfortable. He may have even questioned God. Why me? Why is this happening to me? Why did my brothers betray me? But it was not about Joseph at all. He was on assignment. God had plans for Joseph; therefore, provision was already made for him and favored followed his every step. On his dark days Joseph found favor. In the dungeon Joseph found favor. In prison Joseph found favor. This unmerited favor encouraged him to continue on his journey. It motivated him to go forth with his assignment. The favor that God allowed Joseph to have helped him to lead the Egyptians, including his own family and his deceitful brothers through the great famine that hit their land. So my prayer for you and for myself is that God will give us strength to hang in there. To not give up in the middle of the trial. To not abort the process and forfeit the promise for our lives .
You can check out the full story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis Chapters 37-50. I skipped around some and left out a few things because I did not want the length of this post to be too long. Thanks for reading and remember to like, comment and follow me here. Peace and Blessings!