Guest Blog written by: Ethan Pettigrew
Something that Christians and I especially find hard to deal with is understanding why things don’t go the way we plan or want them to. Joseph, however, understood that God had a bigger view of the whole puzzle while we are stuck staring at one piece. Joseph’s early years as an adult consisted of bad endings in places at no fault of his own. Despite this, he made the most of every new situation that he was put in and found favor in the eyes of his superiors.
In Genesis 45:1-13, Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers. He recognized that ultimately when he was sold into slavery, it was a good thing. He knew that because of that he was able to make it all the way to Pharoah’s palace and he became in charge of all Egypt. Joseph’s brothers inadvertently helped Joseph save thousands of people. Joseph was able to understand that all of this was achieved only by the hands of God.
Recently I was put in a situation in which I was confused by God’s will. I was so eager to fulfill my own plans, which I thought at the time were God’s too, that when my plans fell through I was left in utter confusion. It is honestly crazy how God has given me this passage to write about right now when it directly applies to my life. I am excited to see how, as we continue through the Bible, more things hit me hard such as today.