He was a gifted and handsome teenager, favoured by his wealthy father, his future bright. Of his eleven brothers, ten hated him. Enough to kill him.
His oldest brother tried to save him, but in the end the boy who had the world at his feet, was sold into slavery.
In a foreign land, because he had movie-star looks and was bright, he ended up as manager in a diplomat’s household. Everything he touched prospered.
Gradually, the diplomat put the care of his entire fortune into the slave’s hand and went about enjoying his increased prosperity.
Then, the diplomat’s wife, a cougar and wanton woman, offered herself to the slave. When he turned her down, she was enraged and told her husband the slave had tried to rape her – a wicked lie that resulted in the slave being locked up in a dungeon.
The manager of the jail, like the diplomat before him, gradually put the slave in charge of the everyday running of the institution.
In time, it came to the king’s attention that a handsome slave from a foreign country possessed unusual skills. In a miraculous turn of events, the slave became right hand man to the king. He negotiated with leaders of nations.
The slave, though in charge of the everyday running of an important country, wept alone at night for his father who loved him and the brothers who had sold him.
A famine hit the planet. The slave’s father and brothers sought refuge in the only country that had a stockpile of food – the one where the slave had become number two ruler.
When the family met the ex-slave and former pampered son they didn’t recognize him.
Eventually, he introduced himself. “I’m the brother you hated,” he said.
The brothers trembled. Surely he would kill them or throw them in prison for life.
He forgave them.
His name was Joseph.
Through a lifetime of troubles, loneliness, rejection, racism, false accusations and misunderstandings, the Lord was with Joseph.
“The Lord was with Joseph, and he, though a slave, was a prosperous man.” Genesis 39:2
Do you have troubles today? Do you feel alone? The Lord is with you as He was with the slave, Joseph. (Even if you’re not smart and good-looking.)
“If God is with us, who (or what) can be against us?” Romans 8:31
One Good Word Makes all the Difference, by Rose McCormick Brandon is available here.