PAIN TO PRAISE! 

          Jacob, son of Isaac and Rebecca, had twelve sons born to him by four women. His favorite son however was Joseph, born to him by the woman he loved, Rachel. 

Joe grew up under the protective wings of his father. Unfortunately, he lost his mother while she was giving birth to his brother, Benjamin. 

His brothers tended their father’s flock while Joseph majorly acted as supervisor. It aggravated his brothers who were much older than him. 

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Then one day, the family was having breakfast. After the prayer was said, Joseph dived straight in. 

“You guys, I had the strangest dream.”

“Duurrh. Who cares?” Commented one brother. 

“Come on Joe. Shut up.” Piped another. 

Their father coughed loudly. “Let your brother speak.” 

They grumbled amongst themselves but quieted down at their father’s stern look. 

Joseph continued. “We were out in the field gathering bundles of wheat. All of a sudden my bundle stood straight up and your bundles circled around it and bowed down to mine.” 

Reuben, the first son of Jacob scoffed, shook his head and hissed loudly. 

Simeon hit the table and growled, “Not even in your dreams boy! We will never bow to you.” 

And so they hated him all the more because of his dream. 

But Joseph kept dreaming…

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A while later, the brothers were tending to the flocks when they sported their brother, Joseph. 

Jacob had sent Joseph to his brothers saying, “Go and see how your brothers and the flocks are doing and bring me back a report.” 

They said to one another, “Look! Here comes the dreamer. Let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns. We’ll just say a wild animal attacked him. We’ll then see what his dreams amount to.” 

But Reuben disagreed. “Go ahead and throw him into the cistern but don’t kill him.”

And so once Joseph reached his brothers, they ripped off his coat and threw him into a cistern. He pleaded with them but they didn’t listen. 

They eventually sold him as a slave to a caravan of Ismaelites who were on their way to Egypt. They sold their brother for twenty silver pieces without Reuben’s knowledge.

Then they told their father that a ferocious animal had attacked Joseph. They found only his coat soaked with blood. Jacob was overcome with grief. Joseph was only seventeen years old. 

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Before Joseph had a chance to blink, he was working tooth and nail in Potiphar’s house. 

It was hard work but Joseph found favor before Potiphar and he was placed in charge of the servants. 

Every night after the days work, Joseph lay spent yearning for one more day with his father. He missed him and continued to wonder why his brothers sold him. He thought about his dreams frequently.

Some days he was convinced he had only imagined the good life. One of such days was when Potiphar’s wife accused him of trying to rape her. 

And once again, before Joseph could blink, he was whisked to prison. 

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Life in prison was worse than anything Joseph had dreamed possible. Nobody cared about anybody. It was a life of hell.

And Joseph was living and breathing it every day. He didn’t deserve to be maligned by Potiphar’s wife but then again, he didn’t also deserve betrayal by his brothers. 

Hard as it was, Joseph took it in stride and found out that God was actually with him. Believe it or not, it felt good. 

He had been feeling so much pain and loss but God made it bearable. The prison warden liked him and placed him in charge of the other inmates. After which he helped two officials from the palace interpret their dreams.

Joseph made the chief cup bearer promise to help him once he got out. 

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But as it is with human beings, the cup bearer forgot Joseph until two years later when the Pharaoh of Egypt had a dream and needed someone to interpret it. 

The cup bearer remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh about him. 

Joseph was called in at once. 

He was told the dream. 

He gave the interpretation… 

And the solution. 

Pharaoh was so impressed and pleased, he made Joseph the Prime Minister in Egypt, second only to himself. 

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 And Joseph, haven walked through seasons and seasons of pain, rejection and abandonment, ended up in the palace as ruler. 

And yeah, his brothers came visiting one day, they wanted to buy grain. They bowed down to the Prime Minister who was Joseph, their brother. 

Joseph was reunited with his family. His pain ended in praise! 

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Your pain can and will end in praise. That pain you’re going through isn’t permanent. 

If you’re patient with God like Joseph was, your pain will become praise. 

God is good to widows, widowers, young people, old people, male, female, everyone. 

And when it is your time, God will come through for you and your PAIN will turn to PRAISE!  

And until then, don’t sleep in your pain, don’t wallow in self pity or denial.

Walk with Jesus and be committed to using your talents to serve others…

Oh yeah, Happy New Month!

6 thoughts on “PAIN TO PRAISE! 

  1. Well done Jules, thanks for the vivid imagination and story telling.
    It will really help us if we all believe that everything we go through is “intentional”, the pain will become bearable, the hurt will make us stronger and the hope of a sweeter tomorrow will keep us going.
    Well done again dearie.

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    1. Ain’t that right? Thanks Pst. Seun. I always look forward to your comments. They are always so insightful and thought provoking. God bless you. Still expecting your write-up.

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