Joseph in the Pit

Bible Reading: Genesis 27: 12-36

Memory Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans…to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11


Once, my cousin was in a bad car accident. I wondered why God, would you let this happen. I was scared.  I felt like God had made some sort of mistake, or maybe he wasn’t paying attention.

Joseph lived a life obedient to God. He was Jacob’s favorite son and his dad gave him a special coat to prove it. This made his older brothers jealous. He had a dream that his family all bowed to Him and he told them about it.  Probably a bad idea.

One day the brothers saw Joseph coming from a distance. Angry about his father’s love, they threw him into a pit and talked about killing them.  Instead they sold him as a slave to strangers.

All brothers fight sometimes, but who would sell his own brother?  They really must have hated him.  The foreigners bought Joseph for twenty pieces of silver and took him to Egypt.  His brothers expected Joseph to die as a slave.

Joseph didn’t give up on God. Maybe he asked some of my questions. “God why would you let this happen to me?” Or “Why would you DO this to me?”

But no matter what happened, Joseph was faithful.  He listened to God and trusted him. God took care of him, even when things seemed terrible.

Sometimes our problems are so close, they seem bigger than they really are. We look at the big problem instead of our God who is much bigger.  Joseph teaches us to keep our eyes on God.

What about you?

Have you ever asked God “Why me?” when something bad happened?

What is the biggest problem you face?  Is God bigger?

Prayer:  Father God, please help me to remember that you’re bigger than any problem I face.  Help me to be faithful to you, no matter what.  In Jesus name, Amen.