Joseph and his trials

Sun, 31st Aug 2014
Genesis chapter 37-41

In Joseph's life we read that he went through many trials from being hated by his own brothers to spending time in prison. Things looked bleak for Joseph who was sold by his brothers and sent off on a long unknown journey to a far away land. Throughout the story we learn that The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered. The Lord gave him success in everything he did.
When in prison Joseph must have felt that the Lord wasn't there. Have we ever felt like this? However throughout his trials Joseph endured and The Lord was with him. In time Joseph encountered Pharoah, interpreted dreams and was put in charge of the whole of Egypt.
What kind of trials might we go through? Perhaps we experience the unknown for long periods of time, perhaps we have a hard time at school or work, maybe we have a health problem. We might not see any light at the end of our troubles. The answer to our difficult times is our heavenly Father. Sometimes though it can feel like he is far away but this is not the case. The Lord is with us wherever we go, he will never let us go.
There are some things we can do to help us through hard times.
1)Pray. Prayer is how we can communicate with God and talk to him telling our problems. We can cast our cares on him for he cares for us. How can prayer help us? If we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
2)Persevere. In Romans we learn that tribulations bring perseverance which brings character which brings hope. We can be persistent in prayer. The Lord will remain faithful just as he was with Joseph.
3)The bible. If we study and read his word it can bring hope and the promises of God. The bible can strengthen our faith and help us endure.
4) Fellowship. We can spend time with one another and be strengthened and built up by our spiritual family and the church.

We know that the God who delivered Joseph is the same God who can deliver us from our trials today. He can turn a hopeless situation and transform our whole lives in ways we cannot imagine

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