“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”. 1 Peter 5:6-7
Ever have one of those days in which you wished you could have a mulligan, a second chance to perform a particular move or action over again. The day started good, went wrong, and continued to worsen. Sometimes a bad day leads to a bad week, then a bad month and even a bad year. That day can take us down a path that leads us further away from hope or peace of mind and, for some, to some a horrible ending.
Genesis 37:12-36 tells the story of Joseph’s lousy day, which God turned around to something good. Joseph had special status with his father, which didn’t go unnoticed by his brothers. He also had that younger brother’s ability to touch raw nerves in brothers, especially when he shared dreams suggesting his superiority over them. Joseph’s lousy day started with him going to check up on his brothers at work. He arrives at their location with a grin and the new expensive coat that his father gave him (only he had such a gift). Joseph’s day ended with him naked and in a pit waiting to be sold into slavery by his brothers.
Joseph ends up in Egypt initially in a position of favour, then has a stint in jail, only again to rise to a place of power over all that the pharaoh owns. As the story unfolds, Joseph’s brothers end up bowed before him (as in Joseph’s childhood dream), asking for life-saving help. They do not know he is the brother they sold into slavery, but his position of authority is revealed to his brothers. Instead of punishment and retribution, there is reconciliation. Joseph shares these words found in Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
God did something unique with Joseph’s lousy day, just as He can do something special with ours. Trust God have hope and “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”. 1 Peter 5:6-7