In Genesis chapters 37–50 we read the story of Joseph. Joseph was his father’s favourite—to the point where he was given gifts and privileges that caused his brothers to be jealous of him. To make matters worse, Joseph had dreams that his brothers would bow down before him and he shared this with them! Their hatred for him caused them to plot against him, fake his death to their father and sell him into slavery.
Joseph eventually found himself in slavery in Egypt. While in Egypt he showed great skill and talent. But far from home and his family, he was accused of something he didn’t do and despite his innocence he went to prison. Eventually Joseph interpreted dreams for the Pharaoh, was released from prison and was raised to a position of great influence in the land of Egypt.
As time passed a famine came over the whole land and Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt in search of grain and food to feed their families. Eventually they bow before this great man of Egypt, only later to discover the brother they rejected and wanted dead was alive and was the one who would deliver them in their time of need. God used everything that happened to Joseph to bring about his good plan, to rescue and provide for his people and to set in place events that would point to a greater rescuer and saviour to come in Jesus.
Joseph endured much hardship. In all of these circumstances he maintained his faith in God, he persevered and kept his hope in God’s deliverance. Even in the hardest times he didn’t compromise his character to get ahead but was patient, waiting on the Lord’s timing. As we reflect on the life and character of Joseph, who showed great grit, it should cause to reflect on our approach and confidence in difficult times.
Joseph was by no means perfect, yet his faith and biblical grit is an example of one greater than him who was to come—Jesus Christ. Christ demonstrated true perseverance and determination for us on the cross. As Christian people we are able to find strength and hope in Jesus and challenge in the example of Joseph. My prayer is that the students in our school, the staff in our school, the parents in our school community would have faith, steadfastness and perseverance like Joseph.