“And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”
Everyone of us has had the experience of being mistreated. For most, it has been the little things, like our character being questioned or our feelings hurt. Others, like Joseph, have experienced their entire life being altered by the deeds of another. The story of Joseph is significant in so many respects, not the least of which is, he used his newfound position of power, not to retaliate, but to rescue. It is nothing short of a miracle that this man was not bitter, angry and vengeful. I wonder if we can uncover the secret behind his success.
As the mask comes off, and Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, he reflects upon the years of his life. Instead of dwelling upon the time in the pit, or the prison, his focus is on the palace. He was able to see the difficulties which he faced, as part of a bigger plan and purpose. If there had been no pit, no Potiphar, and no prison, there would be no palace, and no preservation for the people of God. He views his entire life through the filter of God’s promises. Joseph understood he was playing a part in the salvation of a people, and every obstacle was, in fact, an opportunity.
Too often, we go through life with the wrong perspective. We see hardship only as it effects us and our comforts. We fail to see it as a small piece of a much larger puzzle. God is looking down at a world he loves and wants to save, and He sees each of us as playing a role in this great deliverance. Instead of complaining at the difficult hand we have been dealt, we should be looking at life from the perspective of preservation and deliverance. How does God want to use our current situation to bring others to Christ?
Joseph was able to see all he went through, as part of God’s plan of salvation. Do you see your life that way? Are you using your current sphere of influence for preservation and deliverance?