Dear Church Family:
If you remember the story of Joseph, there were several moments when he could have spent most of his days asking, “Why me? Why is this happening now? What did I do?” These are normal questions, and I think we all ask them from time to time. Think about Joseph—sold into slavery by his brothers, falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife, thrown into prison, forgotten and left behind. If ever there was a person in history who deserved to ask those questions, it was Joseph. Not only that, but in Genesis 40, Joseph sees an opportunity that could only have come from God, to get out of prison. A cupbearer who would be restored to his position, as predicted by Joseph, could be his ticket out. Joseph probably saw this as his moment from God for freedom. But we’re told it took two years before anything finally took place.
Let me ask you, when you’re waiting on God to move, what do you typically do? Joseph reveals something that I want more of in my own life—the ability to keenly understand that God does not waste a single moment—especially our hurt and pain. Instead, God wants to use them to alter our perspective, allowing us to see what only God can see. Does it take away the pain? No. Does it heal the hurt? No. It simply positions us to be used for God’s purpose. So, the next time you’re waiting on God, I want to challenge you to remember Joseph. His story just might help you in what you’re facing today.