Greg Stokley | @gregstokley
There’s a certain buzzword that we hear a lot in the church world.
Now, this word brings several things to mind. Most of the time, Christians associate favor with blessing. That’s not necessarily wrong. Some people go so far as to say that if you are well-off, have nice things, and a pretty good life with not a lot of drama then surely God’s favor must be upon you.
But what if we’re viewing the idea of God’s favor in an incomplete way? Do the coming of trial and troubles single the end or lack of God’s favor on our lives? No, of course not. And there’s one man I will use to prove it.
Most Christians are familiar with a guy named Joseph. This guy is a very essential part of Scripture, so much so that a very large portion of Genesis is about him. Most people know of his trials and successes. Yet some would assume that God's favor came and went with Joseph.
He was sold into slavery by his brothers. From there, he became the head of a wealthy man’s house. After this man’s wife tried to seduce Joseph, she accused Joseph of trying to do the same to her. He was put in prison, where eventually he would interpret some key dreams that would lead him all the way to second-in-command of Egypt. Sounds like quite a ride, huh?