Joseph (Genesis 37:1-36, 39:1-50:26) was one of the twelve children of Jacob. His mother was Rachael, while his only full brother was Benjamin. His father loved him so much that he gave him a multi-coloured garment; a privileged gift in those days. And because of his father’s open love for him, and his great potentials in life, his step brothers hated and sold him out as slave to a group of Ishmaelites travelling to Egypt.
On getting to Egypt, Potiphar, a very powerful aide to king Pharaoh, bought Joseph from the Ishmaelites, and very quickly, he noticed that the hand of God was upon him, so he put him in charge of his affairs. Unfortunately, Potiphar’s wife developed interest in him, and because he refused her immoral advances towards him, she got him imprisoned on trumped up charges. Even then, the hand of God still remained upon him.
Before long, two other prisoners, the butler and baker of the king, were added to those in his care. One day, they dreamt, and Joseph interpreted their dreams to mean the butler would be restored back to his position, while the baker would be executed, and he was right. Meanwhile, he begged the butler to speak kindly of him with the king, but he (butler) did not.
Two years later, the king had dreams that no one could interpret. It was at that point that the butler remembered and recommended Joseph to the king. Again, he gave a good account of himself! He interpreted the king’s dreams to mean there would be seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of severe famine. Next, he advised the king to appoint a competent person to prepare Egypt for the impending disaster. He also advised that the person to be appointed should store up grains from the bountiful years, for use during the period of famine. And the king, who was evidently thrilled by Joseph’s earlier feat, appointed him for the job immediately.
Suddenly, Joseph became a very powerful man, next only to the king. That is, after his sufferings, after the hatred and betrayal from his brothers, after his enslavement, after the lies from Potiphar’s wife, after his unjust imprisonment, and after his abandonment by the butler, God remembered him, and gave him what I call ‘afters’ viz. strong position, power, fame, wealth, and relevance.
Are you currently experiencing hardship in any area of your life? If you are, please act like Joseph; do not give up; be positive, be cheerful, and be helpful. Very soon, God will remember you, and give you some delightful ‘afters’. He will give you healing after your sickness (Psalm 41:3), freedom after your torment (John 8:36), good job after your lay off (Psalm 84:11), promotion after the dip in your career (Psalm 75:6-7 (KJV)), blessings after your financial problem (Hebrews 6:14), children after your period of childlessness (Mark 11:23-24), joy after your nights of weeping (Psalm 30:5), etc.
Your ‘afters’ are coming, and they are going to be very remarkable! By the grace of God, they will not elude you, and they will give you indescribable joy, peace, and rest, for the rest of your life, in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)
Ellesmere Port, UK.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies
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