You’ve probably heard the saying, “Like father, like son.” The truth is that, like it or not, our family of origin has a profound impact on us. The good news is that the Bible is clear that it is possible to break the patterns that our family handed to us.
Many events simply don’t make sense at the moment, but years later we discover that even the bad things that happened to us were an essential part of making us who we are today. Trust the process. Or better said, trust God in the process.
When we choose to obey God in seemingly insignificant things like the command to forgive others (see Matt. 18:21-22, Lk. 6:37, Lk. 17:3-4), we end up playing a part in his greater plan of reconciliation with the world. A decision that seems small at the moment may end up having an impact for generations to come.
Joseph’s response shows that he understood a crucial truth: in the midst of his pain and suffering as a slave and a prisoner in Egypt, God was working out a greater plan.
Don’t despise the process that you are passing through. If you allow God to do his work in it, you will come out on the other side more humble, more dependent on God and more prepared to live well in the fulfillment of his promises.
Joseph was a slave in a foreign land, but Genesis 39:2 tells us that he prospered. How? Because the Lord was with him. And God’s presence changes everything.
Remember this: the fact that a dream or aspiration comes from God doesn’t mean that others will accept it as such or like it. The good news is that the fulfillment of dreams doesn’t depend on other people but on God.