When God is silent

Headlines could have read: Teenager Left for Dead becomes Ruler

It is the story of Joseph who was thrown into a pit, sold and later became ruler.
He was 17 years old.
He was a God-fearing young man.
He was thrown into a dry well by his own brothers.
He was sold as a slave by his own brothers (11) to Midianites.
He became a house-servant.
He was bought by a captain of the secret service (pharaohs)
He prospered.
He became the overseer for the captain’s house.
He was propositioned by the captains wife.
He refused the proposition, fled, was arrested, and thrown in prison.
He again prospered.
He interpreted dreams. Though forsaken by cellmates, Joseph was favored when he interpreted the Pharaoh’s dream.
He was made Ruler in Egypt.

With all the adversity Joseph encountered, and over such a long period of time, we have no indication of an instance where Joseph heard from God.


I. It seemed God was silent.
A. No indication of God working, sharing, or presence.
B. Where was God?
C. Why wasn’t God doing something?
D. Perhaps He was.

This is what God did not do…
A. God did not tell Joseph why!

This is what God did do…
A. God worked behind the scenes.
What God allowed Joseph to experience turned out to be best for Joseph’s family. What Joseph’s brothers meant for evil God turned it for good.

God makes unpleasant circumstances turn out for good.

Joseph kept on keeping on. That’s what you do. We all keep on keeping on. Stay faithful. Search your hearts. Do what you know to do.

Remember your destination.
Remember who you follow. It is the Master, the Christ.
Remember to act on God’s desire for your life.


About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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