Joseph‚Äôs brothers went to tend their father‚Äôs flocks near Shechem. 13 Israel said to Joseph, ‚ÄúAren‚Äôt your brothers tending the sheep near Shechem? Come, I‚Äôll send you to them.‚ÄĚ
And he said, ‚ÄúI‚Äôm ready.‚ÄĚ
14 Jacob said to him, ‚ÄúGo! Find out how your brothers are and how the flock is, and report back to me.‚ÄĚ
So Jacob sent him from the Hebron Valley. When he approached Shechem, 15 a man found him wandering in the field and asked him, ‚ÄúWhat are you looking for?‚ÄĚ
16 Joseph said, ‚ÄúI‚Äôm looking for my brothers. Tell me, where are they tending the sheep?‚ÄĚ
17 The man said, ‚ÄúThey left here. I heard them saying, ‚ÄėLet‚Äôs go to Dothan.‚Äô‚ÄĚ So Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan.
18 They saw Joseph in the distance before he got close to them, and they plotted to kill him. 19 The brothers said to each other, ‚ÄúHere comes the bigdreamer. 20 Come on now, let‚Äôs kill him and throw him into one of the cisterns, and we‚Äôll say a wild animal devoured him. Then we will see what becomes of his dreams!‚ÄĚ
21 When Reuben heard what they said, he saved him from them, telling them, ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs not take his life.‚ÄĚ 22 Reuben said to them, ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt spill his blood! Throw him into this desert cistern, but don‚Äôt lay a hand on him.‚ÄĚ He intended to save Joseph from them and take him back to his father.
23 When Joseph reached his brothers, they stripped off Joseph‚Äôs long robe, 24 took him, and threw him into the cistern, an empty cistern with no water in it. 25 When they sat down to eat, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with camels carrying sweet resin, medicinal resin, and fragrant resin on their way down to Egypt. 26 Judah said to his brothers, ‚ÄúWhat do we gain if we kill our brother and hide his blood? 27 Come on, let‚Äôs sell him to the Ishmaelites. Let‚Äôs not harm him because he‚Äôs our brother; he‚Äôs family.‚ÄĚ His brothers agreed. 28 When some Midianite traders passed by, they pulled Joseph up out of the cistern. They sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver, and they brought Joseph to Egypt.
29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and found that Joseph wasn‚Äôt in it, he tore his clothes. 30 Then he returned to his brothers and said, ‚ÄúThe boy‚Äôs gone! And I‚ÄĒwhere can I go now?‚ÄĚHis brothers took Joseph‚Äôs robe, slaughtered a male goat, and dipped the robe in the blood. 32 They took the long robe, brought it to their father, and said, ‚ÄúWe found this. See if it‚Äôs your son‚Äôs robe or not.‚ÄĚ
33 He recognized it and said, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs my son‚Äôs robe! A wild animal has devoured him. Joseph must have been torn to pieces!‚ÄĚ 34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put a simple mourning cloth around his waist, and mourned for his son for many days. 35 All
of his sons and daughters got up to comfort him, but he refused to be
comforted, telling them, ‚ÄúI‚Äôll go to my grave mourning for my son.‚ÄĚ And
Joseph‚Äôs father wept for him. 36 Meanwhile the Midianites had sold Joseph to the Egyptians, to Potiphar, Pharaoh‚Äôs chief officer, commander of the royal guard.
There are points in life when we are hurting , the situation is clearly outside our control of relfief foe the future . At times like that what can be sure of ?
God is with us in our trouble
Our heavenly father comforts us through his Holy Spirit , because he knows each of his children intimately . He provides whatever is needed in a given situation . The Lord wants us to be mindful of his constant presence so we'll know we are never alone. And awareness of his love and strength will under gird us with a sense of security . God understands what it is like to suffer , to be rejected or to lose a loved one. He comprehends the temptations and obstacles we face. He assigned himself the task of carrying his children's burdens . ( Ps. 68.1--9 ) and offers peace for our hurting hearts. The God who walks with us can't be hindered or limited by anything , so we need not be afraid ( Matthew 19.26)
God has a purpose for allowing trails
This ids clearly seen in the story of Joseph whose brothers sold him into slavery . God however , had planned that those years would prepare the young man to become Egypt's prime minister . Joseph could not see God's purpose and neither will we most of the time ---- but he knew the Lord's character and trusted him. Joseph 's faith was rewarded when he was able to reuse his family . ( Gen. 45.1--8)
We are called to live a life of faith. That means we're to believe God's promises even when our circumstances confused us. When trouble surrounf you , remember what is true . God will never leave you nor forsake you ( Heb 13.5) and his good purposes will always be carried out. ( Proverbs 19.21)