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Bible Character Study: Joseph

The story of Joseph can be found in chapters 37 to 50 in the book of Genesis. When taking the time to read through Joseph’s story, I find that his story can be so relatable for our lives, for Joseph was still able to stand tall until his end, even though he endured a lot of hardships, so I want to take the time to tell you about his story!

God has always been evident in Joseph’s life. We can see this from the very beginning in Genesis 37:5-7 and 9, with Joseph’s gift of dreams. Joseph was aware of His gifts, and he acknowledged God in all the work that he was able to do during the circumstances he faced in his life, like when he interpreted dreams whilst in prison (Genesis 40:5-8). We can tell of Joseph’s foundation within God from these scriptures so far, and this foundation is evident as Joseph encountered trials within his life.

Joseph confided in his brothers and father about his dreams, which is seen in Genesis 37:8, 10, and 11. With these scriptures, we see that the brothers of Joseph didn’t like him, and the implications of his dreams, which were the tellings of Joseph’s future high status, further led them to dislike him even more. With this they even sold him into slavery (Genesis 37:28). Although Joseph faced this betrayal by his own brothers, he still pushed on and was able to prosper wherever he went, with the Lord on his side. Because of the Lord, Joseph had favor in all of his endeavors. As a slave, his master, Potiphar, noticed how successful Joseph was in his endeavors, and he upgraded him to be his personal attendant so that his house may be blessed. During this time, Joseph also faced false accusations that led him to prison because of Potiphar’s wife, but even in prison he had favor with the prison warden, and he was placed into an accredited position, with God granted success in this position (Genesis 39:2-5 and Genesis 39:21-23).

Even in prison, he was able to continue with his gifts of dreams and interpretations, as mentioned above, and when others saw the truth and power of God within his gifts, he was remembered and was able to use it to interpret Pharaoh's dream years later (Genesis 41:9-13 and Genesis 41:28-32). Through this, even Pharaoh was faced with the truth and power of the spirit of God within Joseph’s gifts, and from this point he made Joseph the head of his court, which made him the second-in-command to the Pharaoh:

Genesis 41:37-40 NLT

37 Joseph’s suggestions were well received by Pharaoh and his officials. 38 So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?” 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. 40 You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.”

Joseph prevailed through all his troubling situations with the presence of God. We see that in His acknowledgement of God within all of his situations that he was led by God, and that he allowed God room in his current situation. He didn’t allow what he was faced with to be the final say, for he found a purpose in all he went through. This purpose led him to the esteemed position of being Pharaoh's second-in-command, which led him to help his family when famine fell upon the nation:

Genesis 45:5-8 NLT

5 But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. 6 This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7 God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. 8 So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.

Joseph notes that although his brothers meant for his destruction, God had a plan and a purpose (Genesis 50:20). Through the fact that Joseph allowed God into his situation, we see Joseph’s trust in God and we see how God then had the room to be present with and lead Joseph in all his situations.

There were many opportunities where Joseph would’ve been tempted to give up, but he still did what he had to do, while acknowledging God in everything. With this in mind, that is all we can do! We can trust God for our situations and do whatever we have to do while we allow God to work things out! This is not an easy thing to do, but as long as we stay focused on Him, we will make it through! God has our end in mind, so let us be rest assured in that as we journey the middle of the plans for our lives!


Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.


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