Summary: Joseph, Pt. 3 of 4

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Growing up, I had my fair share of “Why” and “Why not” questions. Why was I the overlooked youngest child, and not the popular middle or influential eldest child in the family? Why was I not better looking, better built, or better off? Why did I have a flat nose, bad teeth, and weak knees?

Of course, some questions do not bother me anymore, like “Who will I marry?” “Will she love me?” “Will we be happy together?” However, some questions refuse to go away, like “Why were my parents divorced?” “Why did they not reconcile?” “Why did the kids have to suffer the consequences?”

Life is not a crystal ball, a fortune cookie, or a psychic hotline. Not all questions have an answer and not all answers are satisfactory. Further, not all questions are worth asking and not all answers are worth knowing. Sometimes secrets are better left buried, history is better left undisturbed, and questions are better left unanswered. They are better off known to God, taken to God, and left to God. A song says, "Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand; But I know who holds tomorrow, And I know He holds my hand."

Joseph did not know why he experienced so much heartaches, misunderstandings, and garbage in life. Nothing made sense, everything went wrong, and something was missing. However, he did not think negatively, envy others, and blame God throughout his ordeals. Instead, his faith in God was strengthened, his belief in humanity was genuine, and his patience was rewarded.

What do you do when you feel life is passing you by, throwing you a lemon, and spiraling out of control? What if you do not find help, deliverance, or relief today, tomorrow, or soon? What if things are unclear, unconvincing, or uncomfortable? What is true when things change, time flies, and people disappoint, as they always do?


1 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: (Gen 41:1)

14So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh. (Gen 41:9-14)

The Wall Street Journal reported the unusual case of a 35 year-old Japanese man who was so tired of doing nothing for five months that he sued his company. Toshiyuki Sakai was told by his bosses at video-game maker Sega Enterprises Ltd that his work was below par. They suggested that he quit and offered him a severance package of 2.6 million yen (US$23,900).

Mr. Sakai turned the offer down on the spot. He felt his performance was fine, and that he was a scapegoat. Three days later, Sega told him to take home all personal belongings, turn in all company property, and report to an office dubbed the Personnel Room. To his surprise, he found a desk, three chairs, a bare locker and a telephone that couldn’t make outside calls in the room. He was also given no work to perform, allowed no diversions, and ordered to stay in the room every day from precisely 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., with 55 minutes break for lunch. The company also barred him from bringing in personal belongings.

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