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Genesis 37:12-36 “Rejection, Betrayal & Deception”

“Come on, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns. We can tell our father, ‘A wild animal has eaten him.’ Then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams!”

Genesis 37:20 (NLT)

The plot thickens in poor Joseph’s life. As he obeys his father and makes the dangerous trek to visit his brothers in Dothan, little does he know what is in store for him. The jealousy and hatred of his brothers reaches the boiling point. It is hard to imagine how they could be so cruel. And yet all these events were foreshadows of what would happen to the “greater-than-Joseph” many generations later.

Through the sin, scheming and deception of man, God was still working out His plan. He needed to get Joseph to Egypt to be the savior of his brethren. But to Joseph it all seemed like a cruel twist of fate.

Maybe you are going through circumstances you do not understand. Your best laid plans are disintegrating before your eyes. Or perhaps some tragedy has struck, leaving you with a gaping hole in your heart. When our life is broken to pieces, what do we do? If we know Jesus, then we still have hope.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

Romans 8:28 (NLT)

But at the time we cannot see it. Everything is broken.

Our lives are like a beautiful tapestry that God is weaving. On the backside it makes no sense. Random threads crisscross with no rhyme or reason. But on the other side over time it forms a beautiful picture.

Therefore, trust in the Lord and wait a little longer. It’s okay to have questions, but don’t stop doing good. God will show up soon enough. He makes everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

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