Lessons we can take away from Joseph’s life experience. Headlines, Joseph landed up in a pit, then he went to prison. And then straight to the palace.

When life knocks you down, make sure it knocks you to your knees. Stop complaining and murmuring about your difficult situation. Ask yourself, what can I learn from this? This is the time when we build character and draw near to God.

Joseph asked the cupbearer to remember him so he might be released from prison. The cupbearer completely forgot about Joseph, and self-promotion didn’t pay off for Joseph. What did pay off, in the end, was divine intervention? Don’t take credit and think you will be promoted; no wait for the Lord to promote you at the right time.

Joseph dreamed of power, and that’s what he wanted, but then God stepped in and changed everything. God had a better dream for Joseph.

 Genesis 50: 20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”


O Lord, please help me understand and see these tests as stepping stones and building my character. I need the patience to get to the next level, and please help me wait for the right moment. I believe true promotion only comes from You. I believe that You made me a blessing for others help me hold onto that. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Yvette van Niekerk

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One thought on “Joseph

  1. God permits suffering and hardship all for a greater good. We’re in no position to grumble and complain since we can never hope to see the entire picture. We stand by the curb to watch a parade while God stands on top of the tallest building and looks down. All we must do is have faith in God’s goodness and love and never lose our trust in Him. The story of Joseph as you have presented it is a good example of how important and beneficial faith is in our daily lives.

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