Clothes That Make the Person: Joseph
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Today, parents are hesitant to declare one of their children their favorite. But in the ancient world, this was not the case. Jacob (Israel), for example, loved Joseph more than his eleven other sons since Joseph had been born in Jacob’s old age to Rachel, Jacob’s favorite wife (Genesis 37:3). As a sign of his favoritism, Jacob gave Joseph a beautiful robe “of many colors.” All this favoritism provoked jealousy among Joseph’s brothers and they sold him into slavery in Egypt. When the brothers were united many years later, Joseph blessed God for how He had worked in all their lives.
Our lives are multicolored, a tapestry held together on the backside by knots and stitches. Yet out of that which appears random and tenuous on one side, God creates a life of beauty on the other side through redemption in Christ.
No one’s life is perfect, but God causes all the hard parts to be woven together for His glory. Give God thanks today for the “life of many colors” He is making for you as His beloved child.
When God closes a door, He always opens a window. Woodrow Kroll
Groanings Too Deep for Words (Romans 8:26-28)