The Life of Joseph – Part 3

How is it possible to cope when people let us down OR when we’re imprisoned in a job OR in bondage in a financial situation OR trapped in a life circumstance that is not our dream or our ideal? How can we cope when hope is deferred? When dreams are delayed? How are we to digest disappointment when we’ve been victimized by unfair circumstances and the mistreatment of others? It’s tempting to turn inward and begin to despair. It’s also tempting to deal with disappointment by lashing out at God…or giving him the silent treatment. If Joseph didn’t question God the first time his obedience and integrity was met with disaster, he might have now. According to the Bible, dealing with disappointment is a high call and privilege. It calls us to “bear up under unjust suffering” because, when you “suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is COMMENDABLE before God” (1 Peter 2:20). This week wee see how Joseph does an amazing job at this and learn how to look up when others let you down.

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