That “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose,” is written large across Joseph’s life. The most trivial and the most important, the most likely and the most unlikely circumstances are made to minister to the development of God’s purposes. The understanding is there for us to take to heart in our lives…. to have living trust in God being yielded and shaped through all life’s circumstances and know no matter what they are He will use them to our good and His Glory…. THIS EXERCISE of FAITH is God’s designed purpose, it is without question the reality of our existence. The means by which God may qualify us for greater purpose. We are to be active, not indifferent, prayerfully considering all things in the light of the Word and trusting.
Often as the issues of life become so acute we neglect communion with God our “faith” becomes weak, we become discouraged, we lose heart we faint and generally give up for at least a time….then we repent and begin again this becomes more difficult in this time of famine. If we would cry out then keep our eye upon the Majesty of God…that it His Love and Wisdom that will guide us in life, and that He in all things makes them work for good and circumstances are designed for His purpose.
Nothing that happens that seems an accident can be seen as not ordered by the Lord. This is not to say all things that happen are His Desired Will, it is to say there is nothing that happens than can separate us from the Love and Wisdom of God. And it is in that active but yielded trust that our merit may be found.
For TO LOVE is an act of the will….as it is Demanded by God…He is worthy of nothing less. Can we not see His Loving Design and workings in the Tests, Trials, and even Catastrophes of life? “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you. To Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
Why this suffering? Because like Joseph, who for a season, suffered wrongfully, but at the last God vindicated and rewarded him, wants to reveal himself to His brethren that they might join Him in ruling and reigning over the Nations. First, he had to reveal their hearts to them that they might repent and then walk in humble like manner, keeping also their present circumstances in an overcoming perspective by FAITH, so as not to allow them to blot out from view that we HOPE for… that in the End, we may be found pleasing and worthy to join Him in His Glorious Kingdom to be Revealed. “And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:”
“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.”
TORAH LESSON MIKETZ “At the end of” Genesis 41:1- 44:17
TYPED IS CHRIST’S ASCENSION TO THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER’S THRONE.
THE TYPES OF JOSEPH RELATE ALSO TO BOTH AN INDIVIDUAL’S ASCENSION AND TO A NATION CALLED UNTO SHARING THE THRONE OF CHRIST IN HIS MILLENNIAL KINGDOM.
Having listened to the king’s dream, Joseph said, “God hath showed Pharaoh what He is about to do” (41. 25), and then he made known the meaning of the dreams. Just as God made known to the Egyptians, through Joseph, what He was “about to do,” so has He now made known to us, through Jesus Christ, the things He will shortly do in this world. “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass.” Revelation 1:1
And what has He declared?…that there shall come a time of A GREATER famine, a famine which should consume the land, and be very grievous. The Prophet Amos declares: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.” With Matt 24 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Without the Word there is A FAMINE OF Faith… For Faith cometh by The Word… and Without Faith it is impossible to please God. And iniquity abounds.
FAITH’S purpose points forward and its goal is “the salvation of your souls” 1Pet 1:9 and the Reward of The First Resurrection Phil 3 & Rev 20:6……..