Many trust in what is called fate. Some trust in faith as though faith has power of its own. “Just have faith” is what is heard quite often. What is the difference in “fate” and “faith”. Fate is events guided by events to the best of my knowledge; “What ever will be will be” mentality. Faith is belief in something or someone to have power of guiding events or times or things even; but “faith” in what or whom? It does make a difference what you believe.
As we continue at reading the Bible through in these next 87 days we will find that there is a Person; a divine Individual who is guiding the events and times of our lives.
That is evident in the life of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We can see it in the life of Joseph as well.
God told Abraham back in Genesis 15:13-14,
“And He said unto Abram, ‘Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; and also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.”
Then as we read today in Genesis 29 – 42 we find one of Jacob’s children, a younger son, is sold into slavery by his older brothers due to their jealousy, and Joseph ends up in Egypt, in prison and eventually the Pharoah’s second man ruling the nation.
Joseph was a man of dreams, and passion for God, His promises, and His Word. Joseph dreamed that all his brethren would one day bow down to him,
“And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, ‘Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: for, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.’ And his brethren said to him, ‘Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us?’ And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, ‘Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.’ And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, ‘What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?’ And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.” Genesis 37:5-12 (KJV)
I tell this because it was by his faith in God Joseph was able to deal with the betrayal of his own brethren, the selling into Egypt, the false accusation of Potiphar’s wife, and his imprisonment. Through it all Joseph kept God as his guide, his comfort and his strength. Believing that God would bring about what He had shown him in his dreams.
After Joseph has arrived in Egypt and imprison; in prison Joseph continues to say and believe,
“Do not interpretations belong to God?” Genesis 40:8 and,
“It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” 41:16
The Psalmist even mentions Joseph in the 115th Psalm,
“Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.” (v.19)
Faith that God is guiding the affairs of His people to be a great nation was a part of Joseph’s life. He believed God, and though it does not say it by verse, and words; it says it by implication; “It was counted to him for righteousness.
God not only guides and directs nations; he directs individual lives. He prefers to use you for good and His glory. He will do that through your faith in His Son Jesus; as you humbly bow before Him as your own personal Lord and Savior; believing that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead; and that He is eternally alive; and through Him you will live eternally.
Believe/Trust and be saved.
-Tim A. Blankenship