The logical individual thinks life should be a series of straight lines from point A to point B and so on. While everyone may experience progress and natural progressions at times, life is full of detours, road blocks and phases of construction. Therefore, the next time you find yourself in a period of transition, remember the Joseph parallel.
And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph of his coat, the coat of many colors that was on him; and they took him, and cast him into the pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it, Genesis 37:23-24.
Joseph son of Jacob, had high expectations, receiving dreams and visions of the life God intended. However, envy, jealousy and pride led Joseph down a path of disappointment. Despite a series of heartbreaks, Joseph remained optimistic, leading to favor from God and man. Apparently, Joseph didn’t care how long it took to fulfill God’s will. Rather, Joseph kept plugging away at life until God opened doors that he was ready to walk through.
And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. But Jehovah was with Joseph, and showed kindness unto him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison, Genesis 39:20-21.
As I look at my own life, its not that different from Joseph. However, when I experience trials I spent too much questioning God instead of making the best of each situation. Subsequently, I have wasted countless days, weeks and years complaining instead of currying God’s favor. In view of Joseph’s parallel, I need to be transformed, embracing hardships like James 1:2-4. Although the Lord is waiting to bless his children, too many are having pity parties instead of taking God’s hand in faith. May the Joseph parallel broaden your perspective and inspire you to keep serving the Lord until you reach your final destination.
by Jay Mankus