Bad things happen to good people and at times we wonder why because it does not make sense. However, Joseph had an entirely different perspective as the following scriptures reveal:


Apart from the incident of Joseph telling his brothers about their misdeeds, there is nowhere that he tried to change other people. The dreams he had were about him and his future, although his brothers were mentioned in them, he did not make the dreams about them. In Egypt, when his master’s wife tried to seduce him, he did not tell her that she should change. He told her that he could not commit such a sin against God. In other words, Joseph was focused on his role and responsibility. He did not try to force his master to stop…


Joseph did not become number two in Egypt because somebody pitied him or advocated for him to be given that job. Remember that the Egyptians detested the Hebrews and they would not even eat with them. This is discrimination at its worst. Nobody set up a committee to fight against this discrimination, but when Joseph cared enough for others to meet their needs, he was positioned to become the number two most powerful person in Egypt.

It has been said that the cream will always rise to the top. When you focus on the needs of others, you will be…


Do you see a man who excels in his work?

He will stand before kings;

He will not stand before unknown men. Proverbs 22:29

Joseph had a gift to interpret dreams and he used it while in prison. In addition to being a dream interpreter, Joseph was a skilled administrator and manager. We are told that his master’s business flourished under him. Even when Joseph was thrown in prison he excelled and was placed in charge of other prisoners.

Please don’t get me wrong, there is never any justification for the evil that is perpetuated against people. That said…


Your gift will make a way for you no matter what your circumstances are or what other people think about you or do to you. Therefore, it is more important to find out what your gift is and start using it, instead of complaining about your circumstances. Joseph had the gift of interpreting dreams, and he used it while in prison.

Remember that he was falsely accused, wrongfully convicted, and imprisoned. He could have allowed anger and bitterness to prevent him from making use of his gift. …


The first lesson we can learn from the life of Josep is the fear of God. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and to fear good is to hate evil. Without a healthy fear of God, it is impossible to defeat evil. Joseph feared God and this empowered him to resist the temptation to commit adultery.

The second lesson is forgiveness. Joseph’s brothers committed a despicable act against him, yet he forgave them. Joseph forgave not because he was not hurting, it was because he understood that God was up to something bigger and better.

This…


Joseph was enslaved, but his spirit was free because he refused to obey the dictates of the wife of his owner. Although one would have expected Joseph to comply because he was owned and had no right to say no, he understood who the true master was.

The person calling the shots was God, that is why it is recorded that God was within both in Potiphar’s house and in prison. Even in prison, Joseph did not allow himself to be depressed; he still excelled because God was with him. …


I already mentioned that all have sinned and need forgiveness. Joseph understood this, and it helped him to see beyond his brother’s egregious offense.

Consider what Jesus Christ taught us about forgiving one another. His disciples had come to him, asking him to teach them how to pray. Jesus taught them what we now call the Lord’s Prayer, and part of it is the request for God to forgive us. Then Jesus added the following instructions concerning forgiveness:

For if you forgive other people when they sin…


Then, the unthinkable happened. Joseph’s brothers showed up hungry and desperate for food. There was a famine in the land, and they needed it for their families, and Joesph was in charge of selling food. Was this the right time to punish his brothers for all they had done to him? Was it payback time?

Before Joseph made himself known to his brothers, he invited them to his house to have a meal with him. Remember, it was mentioned that the Egyptians discriminated against the Hebrews. …


What happened to Joseph, the 11th son of Jacob was despicable, unacceptable, and troubling because it was conceived and executed by his own brothers. If some stranger had done it, one would have had some understanding. For brothers to rise up against their brother and sell him to a foreign country as a slave because they were jealous of him is a prime indication of what issues of the heart can do.

Joseph was known for all the wonderful dreams that predicted that he was going to be a leader and greater than his brothers. …

Dr. Eric Tangumonkem, Author, Inspiration Speaker

My mission is to inspire, equip and motivate people from all works of life to become aware of the greater possibilities for their own lives and to take ACTION.

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