By Anita Mellott
The second son he named Ephraim and said, “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.” Genesis 41:52
“Where’s my son?” Jacob’s heart began to pound. His trembling fingers ran over the blood stains on the torn, ragged robe. It’s Joseph’s robe.
But it was even more terrible for his son, whose brothers threw him into a well to rot until they changed their minds and sold him to Midianite traders (Genesis 37:12-28).
Joseph, who dreamt of the stars, moon and sun bowing down to him (Genesis 37:9), now became a servant to the captain of Pharaoh’s guard. Desired by his master’s wife, he landed in jail, framed by her false accusations because he kept his integrity.
Two years later, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer remembered the imprisoned interpreter of dreams. Joseph was brought before Pharaoh whose dreams troubled him.
God didn’t spare Joseph the sting of betrayal, the pain of false accusations, or the hurt of broken promises. But the Lord, “was with him” and gave him success—as the one in charge of Potiphar’s household, trusted by the warden of the jail and second only to Pharaoh in Egypt (Genesis 39:2, 23; 41:37-41).
Despite the pain, Joseph trusted in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. That’s how he could say, “God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”
When life sideswipes us, the trials are stepping stones to God’s plan of bringing beauty from suffering. God may not lead us around the storms, but he will be with us (Genesis 39:2, 23). He may not spare us the pain of the valley, but his light will greet us at the end. He redeems our pain.
When has God brought beauty out of the ashes in your life? Read Genesis 41:41-59.
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