Thankful // Joseph

(Genesis 37:1-4 ESV) Jacob lived in the land of his father's sojournings, in the land of Canaan. These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.

Outline:

(Genesis 37:5-11 ESV) Joseph has two dreams.

(Genesis 37:12-36) – Joseph’s brothers plot to kill him and sell him into slavery.

(Genesis 39:1-6) – Joseph sold to Potiphar and is promoted. 

(Genesis 39:7-20) – Potiphar’s wife tries to seduce Joseph and then falsely accuses him. He is put into prison by Potiphar, and is put in charge over all the prisoners. 

(Genesis 40) – Joseph interprets the dreams of Pharaoh’s chief baker, and cup bearer.  

(Genesis 41) – Joseph is called to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams, he is promoted to second in charge of all the land,  gets married, and his wife, Asenath, has two children.   

(Genesis 42-49) – Joseph and his family reconnect.  Joseph’s father (Jacob) dies. 

(Genesis 50:16-21 ESV) So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?  As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

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Thankful?

God uses detours and delays to shape our destiny.

(Genesis 39:2-5 ESV) The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field. (Reference Verses: Genesis 39:20-23, Psalm 139:16) 

God uses our pain and suffering to accomplish his sovereign purposes. 

(Genesis 45:4-9 ESV) So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. (Reference Verses: James 1:2-4, Romans 5:3-4, Romans 8:28)

God uses all circumstances to prove he is ultimately in control. 

(Genesis 50: 19-20 AMP) But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? [Vengeance is His, not mine.] As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present outcome, that many people would be kept alive [as they are this day].  (Ref verse: Philippians 4:6-7)

Bottom line: Being thankful requires us to ask how or what, instead of why?