As we take a look at Joseph’s life from the book of Genesis, we notice that if anyone had reason to complain of life being unfair, it would have been Joseph. He was sold as a slave by his brothers, falsely accused, and imprisoned. Today Pastor Mike shows us how to apply the story of Joseph’s life to our own circumstances in part two of “Overwhelmed: When Life Feels Unfair.”
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When Life Feels Unfair
So it came about, when Joseph reached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the varicolored tunic that was on him; and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it. Genesis 37:23-24 NASB
3 Truths to Know
1) Know that (God stands with me).
Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there. Genesis 39:1 NASB
The LORD was with Joseph… Genesis 39:2a NASB
Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. It came about after these events that his master’s wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, with me here,
my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my charge. There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?”
As she spoke to Joseph day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her. Genesis 39:6b-10 NASB
2) Know that (God is working for me).
Now when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, “This is what your slave did to me,” his anger burned. So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail. Genesis 39:19-20 NASB
But the LORD was with Joseph… Genesis 39:21a NASB
3) Know that (God speaks through me).
So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge. Genesis 39:4 NASB
But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it. The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper. Genesis 39:21-23 NASB
Now a Hebrew youth was with us there, a servant of the captain of the bodyguard, and we related them to him, and he interpreted our dreams for us. Genesis 41:12a NASB
So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you.” Genesis 41:39-40 NASB
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. Genesis 50:20 NASB
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