Genesis Bible Study – Chapter 41
By Carri Pratt
“It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.” Genesis 41:52
One minute Joseph believes he has been forgotten to live out his days in a jail cell, the next he is standing before the most powerful man in Egypt and is given a position of authority over the kingdom!
Our God Is Amazing!
So, why such a troubled road for Joseph? For God’s Glory – the reason we live on the earth. God was allowing Joseph to become spiritually mature enough to handle the responsibility and plan He had ordained for his life.
When we look back at the youthful, somewhat innocent arrogance Joseph displayed wearing his royal coat of many colors in the fields with the sheep; we see pride that needed to be removed and the spiritual immaturity that needed to be matured.
The fact is that every individual that says “Yes Lord!” and makes Jesus the King of their lives must submit to His authority and receive the gifts of salvation, justification, sanctification and glorification. Acknowledge this list and know that three of these feel amazing and one is amazingly challenging, demanding and difficult. The Gospel changes everything, and it will change you from who you were to who God wants you to be.
Sanctification is the process God uses to make us into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. Many times trial by fire is the only way to burn off the worldly characters so deeply ingrained in our souls. We are sanctified so that we may be glorified in Christ. God does this, because He Loves Us.
God’s plan for Joseph was to save an entire nation. Joseph was faithful and God’s plans were fulfilled.
Hear this, God has a plan for you. Will you be faithful so that God’s plans may be fulfilled in you?
Challenge: Take a look at your life. Remember the moment you received salvation. Now look at the trials you have experienced since that moment. What good came from them? Do you see God at work in your life? He has a plan for you! Thank Him and give Him praise for His amazing love.