Can you imagine…
- You are promised a leadership role and to be of great influence in your near future, but instead…
- Your brothers are jealous of your potential and despise you to the point they conspire to take your life.
- They throw you into a pit, fake your death and tell your father that you are dead.
- Your brothers sell you as a slave. You are taken to a foreign country.
- You are working for free and your boss’s wife accuses you that your tried to rape her and you go to prison for something you did not do.
- You start helping people in prison. You end up helping the right person who can possibly redeem you. This person promises to remember you and get you out of prison. But they end up forgetting you.
Do setbacks sound familiar to you? People trying to hurt you? These events are exactly what happed to Joseph in the Bible. You can read Joseph’s details in Genesis chapters 39 through 51. Joseph was despised and rejected by family, people lied about his integrity and character, he was overlooked for promotion, he served time for a crime he did not commit, but yet we read how Joseph seemed to have the right perspective and attitude throughout the entire process.
How we adjust our attitude toward people who try to hurt us and toward the setbacks in our life is so important to what comes next in our life.
We can try to get revenge, get even, allow bitterness to rob our joy and destroy our optimism. Or we can learn from Joseph and place priority on our integrity, perspective and attitude.
We may not be able to control what happens to us, but we have the power to control what happens IN us. Attitude and perspective positions us for a better outcome.
Jimmy Dean said, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
Adjusting our “sails” toward the wind is adjusting the right attitude toward the wrong that people do against us. It’s adjusting the right perspective when circumstances do not go the way we expect them to. Our attitude and perspective determines which direction our life will sail.
Joseph made a statement that allows us to observe the foundation of his heart. Genesis 50:19-20, “But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” This is the rock solid foundation that allowed him to not crash and burn during those trying times, but rather position him to reach his purpose and destiny.
Like Joseph, we can choose to believe God has allowed us to go through trying times, but better days are coming. “I am in the place of God”. The hurtful things that people do, do not dictate our destiny. Remember, while Joseph was going through this process, God was still watching over Joseph and blessing him along the way. God blessed Joseph while working for free. God caused him to prosper (Genesis 39:3). While Joseph was in prison, God was with him, showed kindness and gave him favor with people (Genesis 39:20-21).
When God wants to favor you, NO ONE has the power to stop it.
- God can take your destruction and turn it around and place you in your destiny.
- God will use your setbacks and use them to “set you up” for greater things.
- God can take the doors that have been slammed shut in your life and cover you with His favor to open greater doors.
What people mean to harm you with, God will use it for your good.