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Affliction is always pure gold in the making for the child of God.
Circumstances are being aligned so that God's plan is working.
#1. Hard Times Are Real
#2. Suffering Affects Us
For Joseph it must have looked like nothing was ever going to change.
Suffering always changes us, and not necessarily for the better.
"there is a design in my distress."
Job trusted God when it didn't make sense to trust Him and it put steel in his soul.
Satan rushes men, but God leads them.
Joseph was clear on the source of his success.
"God will reveal the meaning of your dream."
"Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up."
#3. God Uses Broken Things.
Only God can reward your faithfulness.
His promises are just as real today as they were for Joseph.
"Why do bad things happen to good people?"
1. Is God truly good?
2. Is God really in total control of everything?
God is silently working in Joseph's life when his situation seems to be "getting worse"
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."
"And the doubling of Pharaoh's dream means that the thing is fixed by God"
"Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?"
Overnight Joseph is transformed.
Despite all these changes, Joseph was not changed by his situation.
"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good."
God brought good out of evil.
No matter how dark things get, His hand is always in control.
Sometimes He allows us to suffer so that others may be blessed.
God has not forgotten His promise. He never does.