“But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.” – Genesis 39:20-21, NIV
Joseph’s story is one of repeated injustice. First, his brothers throw him down into a dark pit. Can you imagine his thoughts as he heard his family casually deciding how to kill him? Panic and fear probably ran through him.
When he’s pulled out of the pit, he’s taken to a foreign land and forced into slavery. But Jacob works hard in Egypt. His work ethic catches his master’s eye and it isn’t long before he’s second in command.
But unfortunately, his job comes with a complication. His master’s wife now wants him. She purposely arranges time alone together and sexually harasses Joseph. It’s not so much what she says as the way she acts, carefully draping herself over the desk to reveal a hint of cleavage. A pouting look sent his way as he leaves the office.
When Joseph rejects her, he’s the one accused of wrongdoing! Now he’s in prison, serving time for a crime that he never committed. At this point, no one would fault Joseph if he decided to become bitter. He’s already endured so much injustice.
But through it all, Joseph trusts that God is working a plan. Years later when he meets with his brothers again, he explains:
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20, NIV)
It’s difficult when we’re faced with injustices. Perhaps a co-worker lied about you. Maybe your spouse is verbally abusive when you’re alone but charming to everyone else. Perhaps you were assaulted and your rapist was allowed to go free.
Whatever your injustice, you can trust that God is still in control. He is not the author of evil but He does promise to redeem these terrible moments and use them for your good and His glory.
God, I struggle. I want to be bitter and angry. This injustice isn’t fair. It’s like sandpaper against my heart and I can’t take anymore. Don’t let this consume me. Redeem the evil in my life and set me free from this pain. In Jesus’ name, Amen.