Do you know the story of Joseph in the Bible? My Sunday School class has spent the last few weeks studying his life which you can read about in Genesis chapters 37 and 39-50.
I want to share with you a part that jumped out at me. To catch you up, Joseph was one of twelve sons born to Jacob, a patriarch of Hebrew history. His brothers were extremely jealous of Joseph because of the favoritism their father showed to him. So, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and brought into Eqypt. While serving in Potiphar’s house, false accusations were raised against Joseph which then led to his imprisonment.
While in prison, he interprets the dreams of Pharaoh’s former butler and baker. Actually, God gave the interpretation through Joseph, and the butler is restored to his position as Joseph said, and the baker is killed as Joseph interpreted.
Two additional years transpire until one night Pharaoh has a dream that cannot be interpreted prompting the butler to remember Joseph during his days in prison when his dream essentially came true. Cue the scripture:
Genesis 41:14 - Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.
Joseph’s life was about to take a drastic turn. God was able to interpret Pharaoh’s dream with Joseph as his spokesperson. Thirteen years have passed since the horrible day when Joseph was torn from his home by his brothers, brought into a strange land, lived as a slave, falsely accused, and imprisoned. Now, in a single day, he is standing before Pharaoh, King of Egypt interpreting the seven years abundance, and seven years of famine that Egypt is about to face. Then, he hears Pharaoh speak:
Genesis 41:40 - Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than you.
Pharaoh proceeds to give Joseph his signet ring, arrays him in fine linen vestures, and puts a gold chain about his neck. He has Joseph ride in the second chariot. He makes him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
Verse 46 tells us that Joseph was 30 years old when he stood before Pharaoh. He was 17 when his world was turned upside down. Normally, we immediately see the thirteen years of waiting; and perhaps, we miss the miracle that only one day was needed for God to change the entire course of his life.
One morning, he awoke as a prisoner, and he went to sleep that night as second in command to Pharaoh over the entire kingdom of Egypt.
Joseph was prepared. He would serve God faithfully no matter his place of residence. One day. God sees you where you are. More than once, we see the Scripture remind us where God was during Joseph’s years as a slave and prisoner.
Genesis 39:2-3 – And the Lord was with Joseph, and the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
Genesis 39:20-21 – And Joseph was there in the prison. But the Lord was with Joseph.
A bit of style we can learn from Joseph:
You know, when Joseph was a young boy, his father gave him a coat of many colors (Genesis 37:3). Tops and dresses displaying many colors will be big for Spring! Stripes! Neon colors! Bold, bright hues!
Try one of these styles to stand out in your top of many colors. There are just so many lessons to learn from Joseph.