“The LORD was with Joseph so that he prospered…” (Genesis 39:2)
A successful career. A successful church. A successful life. Who doesn’t want success?
Joseph (in the book of Genesis) was successful. He became second in command of the most powerful empire in the world, and saved an entire civilization from certain destruction. However, these are not why he should be considered a success. In fact, one could argue that Joseph did not pursue success at all – he only pursued God.
Furthermore, his road to success was one of great suffering and sorrow.
In his Letters and Papers from Prison, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote: “We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” If you really want to understand Joseph, look at his suffering. As we read through the stories of Joseph, we can see how his suffering shaped him to be used for God’s glory.
This Sunday we will begin a 7-part sermon series where we will look at Joseph’s unique path to success, and redefine for us what it means to be successful.