So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— 24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it.
25 As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.
26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.
28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels[a] of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.
I wonder how the young boy Joseph would have felt. Knowing that he was going to face an uncertain situation far from the loving arms of his father. The bible records that Joseph was his father’s favorite, therefore, it is common sense to think Joseph was deeply troubled leaving home in such a hard manner. knowing he was being sold out by his brothers would have been indeed painful to him. However, even though he never knew what would be the outcome of his unplanned Journey, God was totally aware of what the outcome of His journey would be. In fact, before his brothers thought of selling him, God had planned his journey to Egypt. Reading further, we see Joseph moving into Egypt and becoming an instrument God used to sustain life on earth.
Dear friend, situations around you may look bad, friends (even brothers) may disappoint you, your current story might sound so sympathetic. But listen, It can be a stepping stone in disguise. In fact! whatsoever God allows to befall his child, is a stepping stone! Remember the story of Job? the devil thought he was really destroying him whereas God Almighty had seen the end would bring glory to His servant Job. What about the story of Jesus? do you think the devil would have wanted Jesus dead if he knew the victory His death would bring to the world?
Beloved! Mathew 6:32 says “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles strive after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them. ” So why sorrow as though you have no Heavenly Father?
Be rest assured your Heavenly Father is aware of all you go through, Luke 12:7 says “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows”.
I remember counseling a young lady. This young lady who never knew Christ was seriously agonizing and hating herself because someone told her she would never become successful. I tried relating to her pains, but I couldn’t. I could not because I never imagined how the words of a man would supersede the words of God about my life. As I prayed to God to give me a word for her, the Holy Spirit guided my heart to wisdom. I then realized, she lacked the word of God, her totality was hinged on the physical. No wonder she could easily be tossed around.
Who does God say you are? Do you believe who God says you are?
For you to identify disguised stepping stones in your life, you must know who God says you are and believe it wilth the whole of your heart.
The first step to knowing who God says you are is to have a relationship with God through Jesus (To know about Jesus, please read: http://personaloutreachministry.com/why-jesus/). Dear friend, I tell you the truth without lies. Your happiness in life will continually depend on physical things, emotions, people’s attitude, failure/success in your career, etc unless you have a personal relationship with Jesus.
Start the journey with Jesus today by saying this prayer: Lord Jesus, I have been deceived so far by my eyes and physical senses. I have not regarded you as my Heavenly Father. Today, i come to you, Lord Jesus. I recognize and accept you as Lord over my life. Guide me to know you more. I confess I have been far from you, I confess I have been involved in things I shouldn’t have been involved in. Forgive me Father and be my Lord today. Amen!.
If you prayed this prayer, be rest assured you are now a child of God and will share in all His benefits. May the Lord bless and guide you.
By Joshua Sopuru