When the Wrong Place Turns Out to be the Right Place (Genesis 38-40)

20 And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Genesis 39:20-21

Sometimes it can be downright frustrating to find a place you are looking for. Many have been the times when I stopped by a house looking for one person and it ended up being the wrong house. But there have been many times when the wrong place turned out to be the right place.

It seemed to be that way in Joseph’s life. As we read chapters 39-40 in the book of Genesis, it seems that Joseph was continuing to get farther and farther away from God’s intended purpose for his life. However, what seemed to be the wrong places turned out to be the right places.

Certainly life would be so much easier (in our minds) if we could see as God sees. I mean if we could see how God is connecting the dots in our lives. But because we are finite beings we can only, in our strength, just see the dot we are in.

Here are some things I have learned from Joseph’s journey:

  • Sometimes God’s decisions seem totally ridiculous in the moment, but later we say, now I get it.
  • Sometimes God’s placement of our lives seems to be just a cruel joke, but later we say, I needed this.
  • Sometimes we believe God’s will to be the wrong move, but later we say, I am sure glad God did not take my advice.

With each step, God was positioning Joseph for greater things. God was directing Joseph’s steps so that when the time was right Joseph would be God’s man for the salvation of the people of Israel.

Many times the wrong turn has turned out to be the best turn for my life. I have truly come to believe that all things are working for good. My part is to love God with all my heart and to follow His purposes as one who is on mission.

Two questions:

  1. Are you questioning God’s direction? Take time to connect the dots of your life to this point. If He brought you this far, certainly He still knows what He is doing.
  2. Do you need patience today? Take time to read Hebrews 10:34-38. After you have read, spend time with the Lord.

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