READ: Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Joseph was a young man who had a very unfortunate life. He seemed to be the favorite of his father, Jacob, because he was born to Jacob in his old age. His brothers were VERY jealous of Joseph and made plans to kill him, but instead decided to throw him into an empty cistern and let him there to die. The plan was changed when the brothers spotted some Ishmaelite traders coming by - they decided to then pull Joseph from the cistern and SELL HIM to the traders. They took his robe, ripped it up, dipped it in animal blood and lied to their father saying an animal had killed Joseph.
After Joseph was taken to Egypt by the traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, the captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the King of Egypt. The LORD was with Joseph and he succeeded in everything that he did. Potiphar then put Joseph in charge of his entire household.
Again trouble followed Joseph - he was a very handsome man and Potiphar's wife soon began to lust after him. When he refused her, she made up a lie about him. Potiphar believed his lying wife, and had Joseph thrown into prison. BUT the Lord again showed up. He was with Joseph in prison and showed him His faithful love. The Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden, who put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners.
God gave Joseph amazing abilities to interpret two very important dreams while in prison - dreams that the cup-bearer and the chief baker to Pharaoh had. However the the baker was killed and the cup-bearer failed to mention to the King this gifting that Joseph had, and Joseph remained in prison for another two years!
King Pharaoh himself had a very troubling dream that none of his magicians could interpret for him. That is when the cup bearer remembered the amazing ability that Joseph had. The king summoned Joseph and he interpreted the dream for him. Joseph's interpretation and suggestions were well received by the King and he appointed Joseph to be in charge of his court and all people would take orders from him! Only the King himself would have a higher rank than Joseph.
As the story continues years later - Joseph's family exerienced a great famine in their land and they came to Egypt in search of food. It was Joseph who was able to reveal his true identity to them in love and forgiveness and provide for his family.
The story of Joseph shows us, as Christians we are not immune from bad things that happen to us. But we can trust God that even in those BAD times, GOOD things can and will happen. It is a promise to those who are called God's children.
Are you going through hard times right now? Life sometimes can seem so unfair. Put your trust in Jesus that He CAN and WILL work ALL things out for YOUR GOOD!