Meet Joe

Are you stressed out trying to control your job, your grades, your friendships, your family, your future, your current needs, your past regrets?

I have good news for you today. You can take a deep breath. Relax. Let go. Your sovereign, loving God is in control of the smallest details of your life.

Meet Joseph. You can call him Joe. Even though he lived years before you, you can still relate to his life. He was around your age—just 17—when his brothers threw him in a pit and sold him as a slave (and you thought your brothers were mean!).

Sounds pretty lonely and hopeless, but God was at work:

“The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.” (Gen. 39;2-4)

As much as Joe’s brothers wanted to ruin his life, they couldn’t, ’cause the Lord caused everything Joe did to succeed! Things started looking up for Joe—and it didn’t escape the attention of his master’s wife.

She thought Joe was pretty hot stuff, and pursued him daily. Still, he never budged. This is where it all seemed to go downhill. She accused Joe of rape, and he was thrown in prison . . . for years—for a crime he didn’t commit. If things seemed hopeless before in that pit—things really looked hopeless now in this prison.

Yet, in the course of one day, Joseph went from prison to second in command over all of Egypt. What are the chances of that?! Impossible . . . for everyone except God!

It wasn’t until years later that Joe could see what God had been doing all along—He took Joe miles from home and placed him in the most powerful position in Egypt at a time when famine threatened to wipe out God’s people. God used Joe to feed & save Israel.

Do you know that God is sovereign over your life, just like he was over Joe’s?! Augustine defines God’s sovereignty this way:

“Everything that happens does so because God wills it to happen, wills it to happen before it happens, wills it to happen in the way that it happens.”

God loves you and has an incredible purpose for you to fulfill. He is at work—right now—in your suffering and your successes. You can’t see what God’s doing in the details, but trust me—He’s at work, and He’s good at the details.

Will you join me today in embracing His sovereignty?

“God, I don’t get it. I didn’t plan for my life to turn out this way. But I know you’re wiser than me. I know you don’t make mistakes. I choose to trust you.”

I can’t wait to see the story He writes for your life! (Check out Joe’s entire story in Genesis 37-47—you won’t want to miss any of the thrilling details.)

About Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller no longer tries to catch guys' attention by swallowing live goldfish, arm wrestling, and jumping down flights of stairs. (She's married to a wonderful man now!) She spends her days caring for her two young sons and seeking to practice "radically ordinary hospitality." She's the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, and she and her family live in Central New York. You can catch her writing on

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