There May be a Time ...

Bill Brinkworth

Joseph, in Genesis, had many undeserved ordeals in his young life.   He was hated by his brothers.  They sold him into slavery. where he was later jailed. Finally, however, the hardships he experienced were turned into triumphs.  He was made the second ruler under the mighty Pharaoh and was eventually able to help save Egypt and his family from a devastating famine.

It was at the end of his tribulations that we see how God used all those terrible acts that were done to that innocent man.  The time of his growth and testing were turned to times he learned more about himself and life. Joseph learned:


Like Joseph, most of our lives did not turn out as we first envisioned them. Our journey was not always on smooth, paved roads.  Most of us traveled over many of life’s “bumps”. Life usually can be rough.

If one played the victim, blamed others, and held a grudge, one may still be stuck in the ditch he originally fell into or was pushed into.  However, those with Joseph’s accepting and unbegrudging attitude may be able to see and experience the plan God has for their lives.  What is your attitude towards the roadblocks in your life?

“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Rom. 5:2-5

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