School of Suffering
School of Suffering
6 When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. 7 So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why are your faces so sad today?” Genesis 40:6-7
The school of suffering is open for enrollment. One of the purposes of suffering may be to thrust you into ministering to others. While in prison, Joseph noticed that the cupbearer and baker to the King of Egypt were sad. Joseph, instead of wallowing in his self-pity, ministered to the needs of the cupbearer and baker. This attitude and these actions eventually freed him from prison. Here’s the story of Joseph:
- 16 He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food;
- 17 and he sent a man before them- Joseph, sold as a slave.
- 18 They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons,
- 19 till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true.
- 20 The king sent and released him,the ruler of peoples set him free.
- 21 He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed,
- 22 to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom. Psalm 105 16-22
The opportunity for your purpose and destiny may be best shaped through suffering. It took Joseph having his feet shackled and his neck put in irons to break his pride, arrogance, dependence on self, and dependence on false idols and gods, so that he could trust God completely in God’s plan and purpose for HIS life.
The Word of God proved true in Joseph’s life. Your suffering will prove God’s Word as truth in your life. The problem, the circumstance, the difficulty will determine if the Word of God is working out in you.
For Joseph, the suffering in prison developed his leadership skills to lead a nation.
The school of suffering is open and is for your good. This is a time for the Word of God to work through you as it did with Joseph. Joseph’s prison experience ended with promotion and advancement.
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