Focal Passages: Genesis 37:19-27; 39:1-2
A good friend asked, “How are you doing?” The response was, “Pretty good, under the circumstances.” To this the friend responded, “What are you doing ‘under’ the circumstances? Try being ‘under’ God’s grace.”
I once visited the beach on a very overcast day thinking that because I couldn’t see the sun, I didn’t need any sunscreen. After spending the entire day out, I painfully learned the lesson: even if I couldn’t see the sun, it still was at work. Even when we can’t see God at work, He is faithfully working on our behalf.
Betrayal is a word that can cause even the strongest of hearts to tremble. Who hasn’t at some time in their life felt that someone had betrayed them? Even Jesus was betrayed by Judas. We need to understand that we can live beyond the circumstances we are involved in. Joseph went through a lot of life’s circumstances to arrive at the point where God was preparing him – to be the one who would save his family – and in turn, the line of Christ.
This week, we see Joseph’s brothers discussing the murder of their own brother; however, Reuben intervened and asked the brothers to toss Joseph into a pit. The ones who should have been protecting and watching over him became the ones who betrayed him. They imprisoned him because of their jealousy and hatred. I am sure that Joseph could not understand how any of this could be for his good.
Often when we are betrayed we feel as if we are in a dungeon – dark and separated from all that is good.
Consider today how those who we look up to, we trust, we place on a pedestal – only to see them stumble, fall or worse, betray us. How we respond speaks to where our faith is ultimately placed. Faith in earthly things will fail. Faith must be in the One who is ever faithful, who is ever trustworthy, who is constantly working all things for our good (Romans 8:28), even when it seems that there are clouds blocking the way. The old statement of C. H. Spurgeon rings true, “If I cannot trace His hand, I can always trust His heart.”