We are living in difficult times, however these hardships, persecutions and tribulations are what make us stronger. The Bible gives us a clear example of this with the story of Joseph. He suffered injustices and tribulations from his youth until he became the governor of Egypt. He was hated by his brothers; they sold him as a slave and he lost all his rights (see Genesis 37-50). Despite all his battles, Joseph did not waver or lose faith in God, instead he looked at everything with spiritual eyes and that made all the difference.
Maybe you are wondering, but what was his crime? Why did God allow these things to happen? God allowed him to go through many hardships to strengthen him. Everything he went through was for a greater cause; to rescue his whole family and the nation of Israel. That’s why even when his brothers sought his forgiveness, he blessed them. He understood the purpose of his existence. “Joseph said to them, Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”(Genesis 50:19 – 20).
And this is exactly what God does to us. He allows us to go through difficult situations in order to make us stronger. Perhaps you are facing hardships and difficult situations right now that you do not understand; God is using Joseph’s example to teach us so that we may behave like him. He wants us to become better not worse so that we can grow and have experiences with Him.
For some this is not always the case. What was supposed to make them better, eventually broke them because of the way they chose to look at the situations they faced. When we choose to look at every situation with spiritual eyes, God ensures that everything works together for our own good and in the same way He was with Joseph, He will be with us. “The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.” (Genesis 39:2).
There was also a moment when Joseph was tempted by his master’s wife and when he refused her advances she lied against him. What was the consequence? He was put in prison as a result, but yet he worried more about pleasing God (see Genesis 39 v7-9). Through Joseph’s reaction, we see what was inside of him; he had the fear of God and he didn’t let the hardships he faced compromise his faith. This is the quality of faith God is looking for, especially in today’s society where His principles are deteriorating. As Christians, we can’t let anything or anyone compromise the pillars of our faith; we must strive to preserve them in the face of adversity.
May God bless you.