Joseph went from being the child of a caring father to a slave at auction. In the face of such trying circumstances, he could have become bitter and resentful. Instead, he trusted God. Alistair Begg points us to the life of Joseph to demonstrate that there is no ideal place to serve God except where He has established us. We may not know how God is at work, but we can trust that He will use life’s difficult times for His glory.
1Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. 2The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. 3His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. 4So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. 5From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field. 6So he left all that he had in Joseph's charge, and because of him he had no concern about anything but the food he ate.
Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. 7And after a time his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.”
What are the purposes of suffering and trials? Why does God allow them? Those around us might tell us that suffering is pointless, that we should ignore it or rise above it, or that karma is paying us back for a wrong we have committed. The Bible, though, gives a very different answer. Scripture clearly addresses suffering—both its presence and its purpose. (After all, no one suffered more than Christ, our Savior.) Its many examples of faithful men and women who encountered various trials demonstrate God’s hand at work throughout history and for His glory.
In this series, Alistair Begg address the difficulties and worries of life by turning our attention to God’s Word and His promises. We may be tempted to long for greener pastures, but amid life’s trials, God’s Word assures us that peace is found in Christ alone.
|Dealing with Stress|
|All The Lonely People||Mark 10:46-52|
|Casting All Your Cares||1 Peter 5:7|
|Down in the Valley||1 Kings 19:1-18|
|Jesus Calms the Storm||Mark 4:35-41|
|Suffering in the Believer's Life||Lamentations 2:20|
|If Anyone is Sick..., Part One||James 5:14-18|
|If Anyone is Sick..., Part Two||James 5:15|
|Making the Most of It||Genesis 39:1-7|
|Sweet Fruit from a Thorny Tree||2 Corinthians 1:1|
|So Do Not Fear||Isaiah 41:10|
|Celebrate Life!||Ecclesiastes 11:1-10|
|Sweet Fruit Revisited|