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He was able to thrive in this environment.
No amount of injustice or mistreatment could separate him from God's favor.
JOSEPH INTERPRETS DREAMS
"Remember me on the outside; help me get out of here."
"There's a guy down in the dungeon who's pretty good at explaining the meaning of dreams."
JOSEPH'S FAMILY FACES FAMINE
Joseph recognized his brothers, but they didn't recognize him.
"I am your brother! I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?"
HOW JOSEPH WAS POSITIONED TO THRIVE
It’s not that we relate to him, as much as it is we aspire to be like him.
He even continued to thrive, as a slave and as a prisoner.
1. Joseph was willing to be a servant, even when life didn’t serve him well.
I’m here to make your life better.
He chose to look past his circumstances and look for an opportunity to serve.
"Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant..." (Mark 10:43)
In the Christian life, we’re here for the kingdom.
2. He was willing to endure hardship if God’s purpose could be fulfilled.
God was able to ultimately use it for His glory, and for the good of the people of Israel.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (Genesis 50:20)
Joseph continued to trust in God.
3. He was willing to let go of an offense and move forward in reconciliation.
He extended mercy.
And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. (Hebrews 13:5)
"Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize the prisoner was you."
Joseph remained faithful and remained focused on his life's work.