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By Grant Everly
As Christians, there’s a lot of hard questions that we have to struggle through. Questions like, “how am I supposed to forgive people who have horribly wronged me?” “What does it look like to truly trust in God’s sovereignty?” “What does it mean to truly love my enemies?”
This past Sunday at iMPACT we talked about some ideas along these lines, specifically, how we’re supposed to control our reaction to hard and unfavorable things, especially in our relationships with our families. In doing so we worked through the story of Joseph.
Personally, I find Joseph’s story to be one of the best in the Bible largely because he models what it looks like to live by the standards of forgiveness and love that God gives us. Furthermore, Joseph rather remarkably trusts God throughout all the adversity that comes his way, which was a whole lot in his case; sold into slavery by his own brothers, who admittedly hated him, and wrongly accused of committing adultery with Potiphar’s wife, Joseph unwaveringly held to God’s promises. Joseph experienced no shortage of trials, and throughout all that he had to endure God’s sovereign hand can be seen as Joseph eventually ended up becoming in charge of Egypt.
Joseph had a lot he could’ve complained about, and there were plenty of times in which the events happening to him gave his life a very gloomy outlook; however, he never questioned God. Instead trusting Him with all that he had, Joseph continually put his best foot forward.
When tough things happen and it feels like God has deserted us, I can’t help but be reminded of Joseph’s story, which is truly the story of God using the most improbable of circumstances and most unlikely person to accomplish His will. When you think about it this is the story of you and me as well; we’re unlikely candidates to carry out God’s mission, but for whatever reason He chooses to let us come aboard.
Likewise, when struggling to forgive those who’ve wronged me Joseph’s story gives me a whole lot of motivation. Joseph had no reason to forgive and show love to his brothers, who had done something so atrocious to him as selling him into slavery; however, he looked past this and chose to act in a way honoring to God. So when trials and adversity come our way and we struggle with how to react in a God honoring manner, we need not look further than the story of Joseph.
Grant Everly is a senior at Warren Township High School and regularly attends church with his family and iMPACT on Sunday nights. He plays soccer, enjoys sports and has passion for learning more about Christ and growing in Him.