The brothers of Joseph sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites because they were jealous of him (Genesis 37:19-36). Because of this, Joseph had to spend a long time in prison (Genesis 39-41). Joseph’s brother sold him to do evil to him. But eventually, Joseph became a ruler in Egypt. There was a famine where Joseph’s brothers lived, and they needed to go to Egypt to buy food. When Joseph revealed to his brothers that he was in charge of all of Egypt, they were afraid of him. Yet Joseph said, “Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive (Genesis 50:19-20). Joseph also said, “God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God” (Genesis 45:5, 7-8).
Who’s in Control of Joseph’s (Your) Life?
Here, Joseph’s story points to Jesus because, like Joseph’s brothers, people who hated Jesus’ message and ministry wanted to kill him. Many of the people who wanted to kill Jesus were religious leaders of the day. Hate, jealousy, mercilessness, and hypocrisy fueled their desire to kill him. Thus, their reason for wanting to kill Jesus was far from righteous. It was pure evil.
However, as God was in control of Joseph’s situation, God was in control of Jesus’ situation. Joseph’s brothers might have thought they were in total control of their brother Joseph’s life. But as Joseph said, God was in control the whole time. People probably thought they were in control of Jesus’ life. Those offended by Jesus probably said to themselves, “If we get rid of him, we won’t have to worry about his speeches that really help people and expose us to be hypocrites.”
Control in Hardship
When Jesus died, his haters probably thought they controlled the situation. But when Jesus was raised from the dead and his name was preached throughout the land, it showed that humans are not in total control; God is. Joseph said God sent him to preserve his brothers’ future on the earth and save their lives by a great deliverance. Well, God sent Jesus to preserve humankind a future in eternity and save everyone’s lives by the greatest deliverance—the deliverance from sin. Those who wanted Jesus dead might have thought they were doing harm. But it was all a part of God’s master plan.
Don’t you want to have a relationship with the one who has everything under control? Jesus said, all power is his (Matthew 28:18). This means that Jesus has the power to do anything. Nothing is impossible with him. And it also means that anything that happens in your life is under his supervision. Nothing happens or has happened to you that is not a part of God’s master plan. You may have gone through hell. And you may wonder why God let you or is letting you go through such hell. It may be His way of getting you to turn to Him or turn to Him more, since He is the only one that can take you of that hell. God wants you to trust Him with your life. And why wouldn’t you want to give your life to the One who is in total control of everything?
Lord, Heavenly Father, thank you for being in total control of my life. Lord, you are so wonderful. You know my thoughts. And you know what is going to happen to me in the future. You also know what I need. You know the areas in my life I need to develop and mature. Thank you for being a true Father, one who cares not only for my body but for my spiritual growth and health. To you, Lord, be all the glory forever, Amen.