Joseph may have had one of the saddest stories from the Bible in the Old Testament. Favored by his dad Jacob, he was greatly envied by his brothers.
He was falsely reported by his brothers as dead, bringing grief to their aging daddy Jacob. He was also sold by his brothers as a slave to some Ishmaelite traders, who were on their way to Egypt, where he became a slave.
Joseph absorbed each test like a wicked punch from eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao in the stomach.
However, when all seemed lost after ending up in prison for his “attempt to rape Potiphar’s wife”, Joseph experienced what became the greatest single turnaround in human history.
One day he was a good-for-nothing prisoner, with no hope and no future; but the next day, through his God-given gift to interpret dreams, Pharaoh appointed him the second-in-command of the whole land of Egypt.
From rags to riches. From horror to honor. From ridicule to respect. God is a turnaround specialist.
We have our own “pit or prison” moments, where we thought we just give up hope and let circumstances batter us to pulp.
But check out Genesis 50:20. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Joseph refused to be embittered by the shabby treatment he received from his brothers. He refused to wallow in self-pity when he was wrongly accused of rape. And he refused to give up hope when he ended up in prison.
We can all learn a powerful life lesson from Joseph’s life: When all hope seems lost, realize that the Lord is a turnaround specialist. He’s not just bringing you out of your mess, but he’s also building your character for the long haul.