Before my study of Genesis, I could recall the basic parts of Joseph’s story-his prophetic dreams, his vengeful brothers, and his slow rise to power- but that was all. Through my study, I have dug deeper into Joseph’s story and discovered the remarkable importance of Genesis as a whole. I have delighted in seeing God’s character unfold through the chapters.
My plan is share over what I am learning through my study of Genesis (focusing on the story of Joseph). Today, I want to dive into one aspect of God’s character: His faithfulness.
The story of Joseph begins in Genesis 37. At seventeen, Joseph was thrown into a life of slavery. Faithfully, Joseph served in Egypt and won Potiphar’s favor. That favor was soon snatched away after a false accusation that led to imprisonment. Once more, Joseph sank back to the bottom of the caste, but eventually earned status in prison. Years later, the cupbearer and baker were also imprisoned and burdened with baffling dreams. Out of compassion, Joseph accurately interpreted the dreams; he only asked that the cupbearer remember him before Pharoh. But Joseph was faced with yet another betrayal and was left alone and forgotten.
Joseph dreamed of having honor, only to be led through a life of slavery. He was promoted, only to be thrown into prison without a second thought. He was alone, but not in God’s eyes. People favored Joseph and later faded away, but God stayed. God continued to watch, bless, and comfort him. I marked countless verses that record “the Lord was with Him.” At home, in slavery, and in prison, God’s presence was Joseph’s refuge.
Now, the same God that protected Noah, kept his covenant with Abraham, made a way for Moses, stayed by Joseph, and pursued Israel at her worst, stands by us. He runs after us, even if everyone in our lives were to turn away. He is the God who stays (Deuteronomy 31:6). That God chooses to stay by us is an incomprehensible blessing and a life-changing promise-one that provides constant peace for our weary hearts.