Ah, the story of Joseph. An excruciatingly comforting, yet painful confirmation of the faithfulness of God to perform what He said. To anyone out there walking through a Joseph experience, know that you are not alone, nor misunderstood. God is with you, and many, many leaders have had to walk through similar things. Don’t give up on your dream, and whatever your circumstance, continue to pray and do what you can to improve yourself, and in due season, you will come out of the furnace of affliction, and see the glory of God in this generation….
17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:
18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:
19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him.
This 19th verse has kept me sane over the years, as I work out my own call before the Lord. For your encouragement, here are a couple other translations:
Joseph remained a slave until his own words had come true, and the Lord had finished testing him
Father, there is an appointed time for my gift in the earth. May I continually stay in the press with you, growing, learning, hardening myself against sin, accepting responsibility, and where necessary, breaking at Your feet. I know what I have heard, and by Your grace, I will fully obey You, for the sake of Your glory Lord Jesus, Amen’