And Judah said to his brothers, What do we gain if we slay our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites
[and Midianites, these mixed Arabians who are approaching], and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brothers consented.
Then as the Midianite [and Ishmaelite] merchants were passing by, the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the well. And they sold him for twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took Joseph [captive] into Egypt. (Genesis 37:26-28 AMP)
We know the story of Joseph very well. He had a dream from God and was not shy to tell anyone! His brothers hated him for the dreams he had been given and his parents rebuked him but the fact remains, God had great plans for him!
God had great plans for Joseph but he was thrown into an empty well by his brothers! What kind of thoughts did he have sitting in that dark empty well???
I can imagine him crying out to his brothers for mercy, pleading to them, begging them to set him free!
If that was not enough his brothers sold him into slavery!! The word gives us a clue into what happened that day:
“They said to each other, “We are being punished for the bad thing we did to our younger brother Joseph. We saw the trouble he was in. He begged us to save him, but we refused to listen. Genesis 42:21
God had a plan for Joseph that is very clear but,
he was first thrown into an empty well then
sold into slavery!!
Did he lose hope?? I would think so……! Was he confused and felt abandoned by God, maybe?
But look at what the word says about Joseph in the darkest time of his life:
He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold as a servant.
[Gen. 45:5; 50:20, 21.]
His feet they hurt with fetters; he was laid in chains of iron and his soul entered into the iron,
Until his word [to his cruel brothers] came true, until the word of the Lord tried and tested him. (Psalm 105:17-19 AMP)
God had a plan for Joseph but God knew Joseph had to go Egypt if he was to accomplish God’s call on his life! And the only way Joseph could get to Egypt was as a slave!!! Just imagine if God showed Joseph all that before it actually happened?? I think Joseph would have refused. If Joseph had any say in the creation of his purpose, he would of chosen the most comfortable path! He would of chosen the easiest path! So,
Are you confused at how your life is going right now?
Do you think God has abandoned you?
Does anything make any sense right now in your life?
Just know that God is in control of your life and He loves you! He is guiding you!
Let me share one more scripture with you:
And the patriarchs [Jacob’s sons], boiling with envy and hatred and anger,sold Joseph into slavery in Egypt; but God was with him, [Gen. 37:11, 28; 45:4.]
And delivered him from all his distressing afflictions andwon him goodwill and favor and wisdom and understanding in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him governor over Egypt and all his house.
[Gen. 39:2, 3, 21; 41:40-46; Ps. 105:21.] (Acts 7:9-10 AMP)
In all the difficult things Joseph went through, God was with him!
God delivered him from ALL his distressing afflictions!
In your dark times, in your trying situations, in your times of testing,
God is with you and He will deliver you! You are not alone!
Joseph thought he was alone in the empty dark well but God was with him, crying with him!
He thought he was alone when his brothers sold him into slavery but God was with Him!!
When he felt rejected because his brothers sold him into slavery God was with him!
As Joseph headed for Egypt he may of thought his dreams were finished but little did he know they were just beginning! You may feel like it’s end of the line for you but it’s actually the beginning! The enemy is lying to you! Your story is just beginning! Trust the Lord because He is with you!