The Lord is With You

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.

man in jailThen, 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.

leaders of countriesIn 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.

Years passed.

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 didn’t.

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.

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About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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4 Responses to The Lord is With You

  1. Joseph’s story is one of my favorites. It’s such an incredible reminder to me that no matter what circumstances I find myself in as long as I will remain faithful to Christ He will remain faithful in taking care of me, just like He did Joseph.

    • Anna, so right about God being faithful to us in all circumstances. Joseph’s story is so much like Daniel’s – both were exiles – both promoted to high offices in foreign countries – both faithful to God and He to them.

  2. Miriam Laari-Alton says:

    Hi Rose,
    I love the story of Joseph. It is such a good picture of God’s forgiveness & love for us.
    Miriam

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