The Bible Story about Joseph will Encourage You
Joseph is one of my favorite characters in the Old Testament of the Bible. He was only seventeen years hold when his story was told in chapter 37 of Genesis. He was one of Jacob’s and Rachel’s 12 sons and he was Jacob’s favorite. But, because he was the favorite this caused a problem. His father Jacob showed favoritism when he made him a beautiful coat with all the colors of the rainbow woven into it. His brothers hated him.
One night, Joseph had an unusual dream. The next day, he told his brothers, "I dreamed we were bundling up wheat. Suddenly, my bundle of wheat rose high in the air, and all of your bundles bowed down before it." “His bothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” (Genesis 37:8) They hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. Joseph also had another dream in which he stated the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to him.
Because of all of this, Joseph’s brothers plotted to kill him. They called him the “Dreamer”. They said, “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” But, his brother’s plot did not work. Continue to read Chapter 37. Joseph was sold into Egypt to Potiphar.
But, what is so encouraging about this story is that although he was sold into Egypt, he was able to survive and prosper where most would have failed. As you continue to read in Genesis, you will see that he rose in power from slave to ruler of Egypt. Now, that is encouraging. You need a Joseph-like attitude to acknowledge that God is with you. Continue to wait and trust in Him.