He was supposed to be a well-known man, respected and revered by others.
He should have been surrounded and enjoying life with his large, loving family.
He was supposed to be fulfilling his dream.
He was supposed to rise up as a leader.
He was supposed to be a lot of things.
Yet he found himself in a prison cell.
Abandoned, forgotten, alone. For something he didn’t even do.
He could have lost hope and given up on his dreams.
He could have doubted God’s divine plan for his life.
He could have become angry at God.
He could have questioned the purpose of his existence.
He could have done a lot of things that I would have done if I found myself in his place.
But he didn’t.
Instead he chose to hold on to faith.
In the midst of his seemingly hopeless circumstances he chose to trust God.
The environment around him was screaming for him to give up, to quit, to let go.
Yet he held on to hope.
He held on to God.
He didn’t give up under pressure.
He didn’t let his momentary situation determine his standing with God.
He chose to look for the light at the end of the tunnel… although at that moment there was no light to be seen.
He just kept on believing.
This is why Joseph amazes me. Why he challenges me. Why he makes me question my own faith in God.
Many times we find ourselves in a similar place in life. Our prison cell may not be seen physically. But it’s there.
We feel stuck in a situation with no hope of change.
We feel abandoned by our loved ones.
We feel forgotten by God.
Our hope for the future has long been drowned out by voices of despair.
And we are on the verge of giving up.
But like in Joseph’s situation two things remain true. 1) God is with you in your current situation just like he was with Joseph in that prison cell and 2) it’s up to you to decide what you do during this dark place in your life.
Sometimes I wonder… if Joseph had lost faith and began doubting God, would his situation have changed? Would his story have a different ending? I don’t know.
What I DO know is that living in despair, doubt, and hopelessness is no way to live.
No matter how dark the place you find yourself may be.
No matter how many closed doors are in front of you.
No matter how many people have failed you.
There is no such thing as being hopeless when you are in God’s hands.
There is no such thing as “no way out”.
The word “impossible” does not exist for God. To you it may be impossible. To you there may be no way out. But not to God.
Maybe you find yourself in that place now. Maybe you’ll find yourself in this place in the future (although I pray you do not). But it happens to even the best of us.
Times get tough and we feel trapped by circumstances. I challenge you and I challenge myself to be like Joseph.
To hold on to hope.
To hold on to God’s promises.
To overpower voices of doubt with God’s Word.
To have faith in God because God has already prepared a way out for you.
If you want to have a happy ending like Joseph;s, trust God just like he did, and that happy ending will also be yours!
Be blessed! Anna… ♥
“But as for me, I will always have hope;
I will praise you more and more”- Psalm 71:14