God’s Promise to Joseph

Sunday’s Scripture – September 27, 2020

Genesis 37:3-8, 17b-22, 26-34; 50:15- 21



Of all the Old Testament characters, Joseph is one of the most Christlike. After all, he doesn’t fall for Potiphar’s wife’s advances, and he forgives his brothers’ horrible treatment of him.

But, if Joseph has one flaw, it’s that he is a bit pompous. At the beginning of Genesis 37, we find him informing his many older brothers that they would all bow down to him one day, and taking a little too much delight in it. It would absolutely come true, and it doesn’t excuse what his brothers do next, but he needed to show some discretion.

By the end of chapter 37, Joseph is in the bottom of a pit.

Have you ever felt like you’re in a dry, empty pit? We’ve all been there at one point or another. Maybe that’s where you are today.

If so, then hear these words: “He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feed upon a rock, making my steps secure.” (Psalm 40:2)

For Joseph, that dried-up pit is just the beginning of his troubles. Not only is he sold into slavery, but he winds up in prison for a false accusation and forgotten about for years.

Eventually, though, the same gift that got him in trouble, dreaming and interpreting dreams, God would use to get him out of it. He would correctly interpret Pharoah’s dreams and become second in command. And by the time we get three chapters, and many years, later, all the conditions are ripe for Joseph’s original dream to come true. And come true they did.

Joseph’s story is long and there hasn’t been room here to include many details. You are encouraged to read it for yourself in Genesis 37-50.

In hindsight, Joseph was able to see the redemption and the purpose that God brought about from all his suffering. And he says that famous line in Genesis 50:20. “Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.”

And that’s exactly what it means for “all things to work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)



  • Remember a time when it felt like you were in a pit. How did God get you out of it? Thank God.
  • What dreams/promises has God given you? How can you actively trust God with them today?
  • Do you have relationships that need reconciling? Pray for them now.


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