Over the next couple or so days I will be studying different people that God allowed to go through trials. And what I see I can learn from them.
First off let's look at Joseph.
And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.
What can I learn from this story? Well first off I can know that what others mean to harm me, God can use for good. I can learn that if I have the Lord with me, all I put my hand to will prosper.
This trial that Joseph went through was not of his own doing. It was all for God's glory. God had a plan. Joseph didn't know at the time what the plan was. But he trusted God to have one.
How many times when I am going through a trial not of my own doing, do I doubt God? ugh. Now I know that none of you reading this ever doubt God. But I have to be honest and say unfortunately I have sometimes. In my heart I know God is faithful and that I should never doubt He has my best interest in place. But sometimes in the midst of a trial, I struggle. I want results NOW. But again, God's timing is not always my timing. And I wonder how many times, when the trial takes longer then * I * think it should, is my doubt making it take longer? Probably so. Just a thought for you to meditate on today.