And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.
“But God was with him.” That is what makes all the difference in our lives. God was with Joseph, though his brothers were against him, though he went to a strange land as a servant, though he faced many hardships and much uncertainty. And that is the constant of our lives, as well. We don’t always have an easy path, but God is with us on the path we do take. He does, in the end, work out everything for our good and His glory.
Joseph was used greatly and impacted the whole future of Israel because he was faithful to God in those trials he faced, because he’d continued to trust and obey God despite how life had seemingly been unfair. It is a choice, then, that we must make whether to trust God or give in to the despair of our situation. Hardships may come into our lives through no fault of our own. Circumstances beyond our control may drive us to some deep, dark place of struggle and challenge. But no matter where we end up or how we get there, God does not forsake or abandon.
God is good at taking bad situations and turning them into good. For a time, Joseph had not a friend in the world, as he was far from his family and forgotten in a dungeon. But God was with him and was guiding his path. God was working out His plan in Joseph’s life, and the life he ended up having was not what it seemed that it could be in the beginning.
God can do the same in our lives. It may be that we’re in the midst of some trial, wondering what might happen next or how we can get out of a difficult situation. We may be tempted to think that God has abandoned us in those moments. But let’s not forget His faithfulness. Let’s not forget that He often uses the worst moments of our lives to bring us to the best ones. Let’s continually trust Him through our darkest days, knowing He is with us, believing He can deliver us out of every affliction, and trusting He has our best interest at heart and a great purpose for our lives.