Everyone has a story to tell and many have stories that will inspire you. Some stories are funny and tragic, some are about heroes and others about wimps. Some stories can be depressing while others are exciting.
There was once a Joseph who also had a very powerful story to tell. He may not have told it himself, but we can find his story told in the book of Genesis in the Bible.
So what do we know about Joseph?
Many Josephs live in your neighborhood and go to the same school as you. They visit the same theaters and may show up at the next football practice. Perhaps one in particular may have become your worse nightmare, who knows? Although their lives may look like they have it all together, what is going on inside these young fellows?
This Joseph mentioned in Genesis was only seventeen years of age. He lived with his family in the land called Canaan, and was a resolute worker alongside his brothers in order to take care of his father’s business.
He was born to a father who was at advanced age. His father had several children and Joseph was one of the youngest ones. Indeed that created a tender connection between father and son.
Was he safe at home?
Things were not as amiable when it came down to sibling relationships. Actually, Joseph would have told you that he was accused by his brothers of being the “favorite child” several times. Consequently, he was often pushed over and bullied by his own siblings. Their perception of how Joseph was treated by their father instigated more hatred against Joseph. His brothers thought that none of them had ever received as much attention as Joseph. As a result, jealousy rampaged a bitter atmosphere among them.
Things were getting more and more difficult for Joseph as he faced humiliating rejection from his siblings on a daily basis.
What is different about Joseph?
In spite of all the harassment he received, he kept cool and sustained a steady spirit through the whole drama. He was a Jewish young man, raised by a father who had experienced intimate contact with the real God and creator of the universe. He heard enough stories of how God delivered His people, and probably had some of his own to tell about his relationship with the God of Jacob, his father. Somehow, that set Joseph apart.
But Joseph’s story did not stop there either. If you think your life is hard, just wait until you read his story. You can find more details of Joseph’s story in the Bible, in Genesis 37. God dealt with Joseph through his rough life, perfecting him for a much higher position God would place him in years later. God built in him a powerful character to stand the pressure of what would come his way. Despite all adversities Joseph encountered, God promoted him to the status of one of the greatest rulers of Egypt.
Joseph was not a passive wimp. He just tried to do what was right no matter what his circumstances were. He knew that His God was watching over Him and in due time would either deliver him or empower him to act with the right attitude.
There was something about his intimate relationship with the living God that we should try to comprehend as we read the sequence of his story.
What is happening today?
Not many seventeen-year-old boys would tolerate what Joseph withstood. Many girls would not have either. For much more or much less than that, many girls in the western countries have run away from their homes and some have never been found. This is happening here in America as I write. What a tragic way to handle disagreements!
In some extreme situations, it is advisable to seek help from competent authorities or organizations, people who can help stop the abuse. In other situations, a third party’s opinion may help calm down the senses and bring a light to show the next step.
Many girls may feel more insecure at home due to what they are going through, but is God still watching over them? Is He still in control despite the circumstances? Is God still good?
What about you?
- Are you living under the same kind of hostility as Joseph?
- Have you unjustly been accused of been promoted through favoritism?
- What has your attitude been towards your persecution and persecutors? Have you prayed for them? Have you looked for sound help or advice instead of taking matters into your own hands?
- Do you have a safe place where you can find refuge or a sound person with whom you can share your frustrations?
- Can you go on without outside intervention? Is your life in risk?
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