Summary: Sometimes we wonder where God is when everything is going wrong in our lives. But God never leaves us or forsakes us!


A) Have you ever had one of those days when everything that could go wrong did go wrong?

* Have you ever had one of those days when the harder you try to do things right, the easier things

seem to go wrong?

* I read about a man who was filling out an accident report form for an insurance company,

explaining how he had received the injuries that put him in the hospital.

* He responded: Dear Sir: I want to explain in this letter the details of what put me in the hospital!

* I am a bricklayer by trade ... On the day of my accident I was working alone on the roof of a

brand new six-story building.

B) When I completed my work I discovered that I had about 500 pounds of brick left over.

* Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley

which was attached to the side of the building at the top of the 6th floor.

* Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel and loaded the brick

into it. * Then I went back to the ground and untied the rope,

* And I was holding it tightly to insure a slow descent of the five hundred pounds of brick.

C) You will notice in block 11 of the Accident Report Form that I weigh 135 pounds.

* Due to my surprise, at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and

forgot to let go of the rope.

* Needless to say, I proceeded in a rather rapid rate up the side of the building.

* In the vicinity of the third floor I met the barrel coming down.

* This explains my broken arm and shattered collar bone.

* Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent up the side of the building, not stopping until

the fingers of my right hand were too deep in the pulley. * This explains my two broken fingers.

D) Fortunately, by this time I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to

the rope in spite of my pain.

* At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom fell

out of the barrel.

* Devoid the weight of the bricks the barrel now weighed approximately fifty pounds.

* I refer you again to my weight of 135 pounds in block 11.

* As you might imagine I began a rapid decent down the side of the building.

* In the vicinity of the 3rd floor I met the barrel coming up.

* This accounts for the two fractured ankles and the dislocation of my left kneecap.

E) Slowed only slightly, I landed directly on the pile of bricks beneath me, and this explains the

cracked three vertebrae in my back.

* Finally, as I lay there on the bricks in pain, unable to stand, and watching that empty barrel six

stories above me, out of relief that it was over, I let go of the rope.

* That explains the fractured skull.

* Now even if you haven’t ever experienced something quite as traumatic as that, you are going to

have days, weeks, months, maybe even years, when everything seems to go wrong!

* This is true whether you know God, believe God, love God, serve God, or not!

F) Joseph certainly had his share of days when everything went wrong!

* Joseph had more than his share of dark days and rainy nights!

* In v.20 we read, “And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place .......”

* Joseph had been put into a dark dirty dungeon with some of the roughest characters in all of

Egypt; not for doing what was wrong, but because he did what was right!

* He was there, not because of his bad crime, but because of his good character!

G) For a big part of his life Joseph’s tombstone could have read: “Nice guys finish last.”

* Yet, through it all, Joseph remained “a nice guy.”

* Joseph remained completely devoted to God, whether he was up on the mountaintop or down in

the valley! * He knew how to handle adversity and prosperity!

* We can learn from Joseph valuable lessons on how to make it when everything goes wrong!


* It is not coincidental that at the beginning of the entire story about Joseph, we read about his

dream in Gen.37:5-11! * This dream was God’s Word to Joseph, God’s promise for Joseph!

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