Situations and circumstances in life keep changing, much to our dislike and discomfort. At times, the decisions of other people affect us adversely and we are put through great many troubles. No matter what the cause of our troubles and loss, for a person who chooses to trust in God – He is there with us even through the darkest hours of our existence.
We need to go on with our life, trusting God and fearing Him. And we will surely find God who can bring the very best from the worst of our circumstances.
The brothers of Joseph devised evil. There were those who tarnished him. There were those who just forgot about him.
His loving father could do nothing to help him other than clinging to the remnant of the bloodied robe he had gifted him and swearing to go to the grave in sorrow. Reuben had wanted to save him, but could not. He was too late. Potiphar respected him but then could not trust him when his wife accused Joseph. The cup-bearer promised to help him, but he forgot. The keeper of the prison readily recognized him to be special, but he too, like all the others, could not help him.
Nevertheless, the life of Joseph is meaningful because of The Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God who was in perfect control through all those situations that appeared to be the doing and making of others.
People may want to hurt you and people may want to help you. People who can help you may not help you and the people who want to help you may not be able to help you.
People will do, for your good or to trouble you, what is in their power to do – but only to the extent that God will permit them.
They did to Joseph what they could, thinking that they could script his life. But praise be to God because Joseph was His project and a book He had chosen to write. Through all those conflicting interests and schemes and promises and betrayal, God writes a story of making Him a blessing for his generation.
The point that I would like to make is that Joseph was definitely not a loser with the whole world against him. He did have his family, friends, and well wishers – people who respected and loved him. People who wanted to help him and would have also. But God still allowed him to go through all those days of sufferings and trials. Therefore, we too need to understand that God in His own way of doing things may prevent or regulate the good that others can do for us. And it is not anybody’s fault; God is working out His will and purpose.
In our life – there are those who would gladly see us fall and try to orchestrate things to that effect. There are also those who would genuinely want to help us. But let us look to God alone who is in control and would make it all work out for good and His glory.