Though there is no explicit declaration in the narrative of Joseph as to the impact that Joseph’s fathers had on his short-upbringing, there can be little doubt that their teachings on God and his Promise had a great impact on his life. For we see in the story of Joseph such trust in God that he does not waver in faith when he is sold into slavery, he refuses, for the sake of the glory of his God alone, to lay down with Potiphar’s wife, he remains unshaken when he is thrown into prison for his stance for God’s glory, and he does not grumble when he is forgotten for two years by the cupbearer for whom he interpreted his favorable dream. Furthermore, when Joseph is entrusted with all power and authority in the land of Egypt, he does not seek the revenge on his brothers that would be so simple for him, but he loves his brothers and declares, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive” (Gen. 50:20). Joseph did all these things in faith, because he had been taught from his youth of the greatness of the God of his fathers. For a God like the God of Abraham, of whom Abraham believed “gives life to the dead, and calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Rm. 4:17) is able to and does cause all things to work together for good for those who love him, insofar as their greatest delight is in him and in his glory (cf. Rm. 8:28; Rm. 5:2). Therefore, Joseph was able to stand fast in his sufferings, for his delight was the delight of his fathers, who were “looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” (Heb. 11:10). The questions that we must all ask ourselves are, “Is our hope in this age the glory of God, and are looking forward to that day when his glory will be fully revealed to us?” Fathers, are you instilling this hope into your children so that they might have the same faith that Joseph had? Just a thought.
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