The Providential God - Jake Heenehan
In Genesis 37, we see the early life of Joseph on display. Joseph is the favorite of Jacob’s twelve sons. Jacob very clearly shows his favoritism of Joseph by giving him a multi-colored coat. In the midst of this gift, Jacob’s eleven brothers become extremely jealous of Joseph. One day, when Joseph is seventeen, his brothers take him and sell him into slavery. Joseph, the boy who was promised to rule over his family and be blessed by God, now is hopelessly betrayed by his own flesh and blood and is lost. When we look at Joseph’s life, we are tempted to believe that the Lord has abandoned Joseph. But we must not allow ourselves to believe that lie. We, like Joseph, have to be trained to see that the apparent hiddenness of God does not indicate the uncaring absence of God. We can trust that in the midst of our hopelessness, we can still have hope in God who is caring for us.