Genesis 41: Why Do We Have so Many Trials?

Two days ago, I promised you that I would try to explain why God allowed Joseph to be thrown into prison on a totally bogus charge. After all, where’s the justice in that?

In Genesis chapter 41, Pharaoh starts dreaming, and he wants his dreams interpreted. The butler remembered that Joseph had interpreted his dreams and recommended that Pharaoh talk to him.

Gen 41:15  And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.

Gen 41:16  And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

Again, before I move on with this story, I wanted to point out that Joseph wasn’t taking credit for any of this interpretation. It was God who was explaining it, and He was simply using Joseph to communicate His message. Joseph properly recognized this relationship.

The interpretation of his dream was also not quite so optimistic.

Gen 41:29  Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:

Gen 41:30  And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land;

Gen 41:31  And the plenty shall be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.

Pharaoh ended up listening to Joseph, and they planned to use the surplus from the years of plenty to prepare for the inevitable famine.

If Joseph had not been in that place at that time, God would not have used him in such a powerful way. Of course, God can use anybody to accomplish any task, so He obviously still could have had someone else interpret that vision.

However, His plan was to have Joseph in that position to interpret that vision and to essentially have Pharaoh put him in charge of all of Egypt. That is why Joseph had to go through what he did.

From God’s perspective, He knew that He wanted to do great things through the life of Joseph. However, everything would not have worked out the same way if Joseph had never been sold into slavery and thrown in jail. God used every one of those challenges to mold Joseph into the person that he needed to become.

Jer 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

God knew what the end was going to be. I know that happens in our lives as well. Sometimes, we don’t understand what is happening, but we need to persevere.

Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

It is definitely difficult to accept at times, but when you shift your perspective and realize that there is a greater purpose to every obstacle in life, it becomes a lot easier to persevere.


Posted on September 1, 2012, in Genesis and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks again, Zak. Sometimes I think that success is worse for us than failure or trouble. When we succeed we’re tempted to think it’s because of ourselves, that we deserve it. Joseph’s message to Pharoh is very important for us to remember.

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