Genesis 42:6, 9a
Now Joseph was governor over the land. He was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground…. And Joseph remembered the dreams that he had dreamed of them.
When Joseph was born, the eleventh of twelve children, he looked to have few prospects of rank. So, when Joseph dreamed that he would stand while his brothers bowed down before him, the dream seemed crazy. It was impossible to imagine what strange turn of events might cause such an odd thing to occur.
What happened? Joseph’s brothers sold him—bad event #1. Joseph was bought as a slave—bad event #2. Joseph was falsely accused of a crime and throne into prison—bad event #3. Joseph was forgotten in prison by one who could have helped him—bad event #4. But then Joseph was released from prison, set up as the second-in-command in Egypt, and placed in charge of Egypt’s food-storage program.
Though Joseph’s life seemed to take him further and further away from God’s promise coming true, in reality, God put Joseph exactly where he wanted him to be. Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt during the famine, and they did bow down before him. And Joseph, as the Bible tells us, remembered the dreams that he had as a youth.
Our God is so very sovereign. God is able to do far more than we could ever dream. Whether we are going through good times or bad, we simply have no way of seeing how God is working all of our circumstances to accomplish his will and to display his glory. Joseph’s story reminds us that God can work through any event to do what seems impossible to everyone. This is a God worthy of praise, worthy of trust, and worthy of all glory.