Joseph was the favorite son with a promising future and powerful dreams, who was betrayed by his own brothers. He became a slave in a foreign land, received miraculous favor, and successfully handled temptation. In return for his righteousness he was unjustly punished. He was a forgotten prisoner, later remembered, and elevated because of his God given gifted- ness. It’s quite a story. The Bible tells us that Joseph spent 13 years as a servant and prisoner in Egypt. Can you imagine? He wasn’t punished for a great crime, rather the Lord worked through the experience to prime him for royalty. His upcoming role was saving his family from starvation by staking out a place of refuge for them. Whatever your circumstance today, consider how the Lord is training you for service in His king- dom.
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength” (Isa 40:31).
What do you sense the Lord preparing you for?