• Jill Jarrell Newsome

Even When We Don't See It...

So many people feel like their plans and dreams are gone because of this pandemic. Some people see no way out. But God is still working even though we don't feel it nor do we see it. In my daily Bible reading I am reminded of how Joseph must have felt.

Joseph was one of 12 sons of Jacob and he was the favorite. His brothers were jealous of him. He had two dreams that were thought to be messages from God. He told his brothers about the dream. Genesis 37: 6-7, "He said to them, 'Listen to the dream I had. We were all in the field harvesting wheat. When we were tying up the bundles, my bundle stood up straight. Your bundles came around mine and bowed to it.'" This made his brothers hate him even more. They thought about killing him but they sold him into slavery. Genesis 37: 28, "So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt." They told their father that Joseph had been eaten by and wild animal and their father mourned.

Joseph eventually became steward to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials. When Potiphar's wife was unsuccessful at seducing him and after false accusations, Joseph was imprisoned. Because he could interpret Pharaoh's dreams, he was made governor of Egypt. He listened to God and wisely rationed the country's produce in preparation for a time of famine.

Look at all the things that happened to Joseph. I am sure he never thought he would see his father again. Look how God used Joseph - even when he didn't know it. Even when, I am sure, he didn't feel it! It was God's spirit that helped him explain dreams. When the king of Egypt asked him to explain a dream, Joseph answered, "'I cannot do it,' Joseph replied to Pharaoh, 'but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.'" They needed to find a wise and able man to be in charge of the country. Because Joseph had God's spirit in him, the king put him in charge.

During the famine Jacob's sons came to Egypt to plead with Joseph, not knowing who he was, for supplies. After Joseph believed that they were reformed he told them who he was, with great joy, and invited his father and brothers to come settle in Egypt. Genesis 31: 32, "Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, 'It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.' The second son he named Ephraim' and said, 'It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.'” Joseph forgot about all of the suffering. God was working the whole time for Joseph just like He is working for us today!


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