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Unshaken By Detours

“Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ And Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath and said, ‘God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.’” - Genesis 50:24-25

Think about the last time you were hurt by jealousy, abuse, neglect, abandonment, injustice, lies and/or alienation. Remember how long it took to move past that betrayal? Maybe you’re still working through the consequences today.

Like most of us, Joseph endured a lot of pain in his life. His brothers hatefully envied him, verbally and physically abused him, left him beaten in a pit, and sold him into slavery. Then, with his new owner in Egypt, he was falsely accused, unfairly imprisoned, and was later completely unrecognized by the brothers who had betrayed him so many years earlier.

It’s probably a safe bet that Joseph spent many of his 110 years dealing with the questions and consequences.  Even so, at his approaching death, he was still so confident in God’s promise to return him and his family to their homeland (what God calls the Promised Land), that he directed his family to vow to take his buried bones with them out of Egypt and back to their Promised Land when God delivered them. Joseph’s confidence inspires us to believe in God’s love and faithfulness!

Just as God was faithful to Joseph through all of life’s detours, God is faithful to you and to me. Like Joseph, we can endure the detours of life by trusting in God’s love and in His promise to fulfill His plans for us--abundant life here on earth and eternity with Him in heaven.


  • What life detours are you currently trying to navigate?
  • How can Joseph’s steadfast trust and God’s faithfulness to Joseph inspire you to carry on in your faith?

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