Joseph was 17 years of age when God first gave him a dream telling him that his parents and brothers will one day bow down to him. Like any other teenager he bragged about his dreams which made his brothers become jealous of him. His brothers’ jealousy increased because Jacob loved Joseph more than his brothers and he was a tattle teller (Gen 37:2-11). Although Joseph was a teenager like any, he was destined to be used of God in a mighty way because of his obedience. As a teenager, his brothers sold Joseph into slavery and he ended up in Potiphar’s house, who is the captain of the guard for Egypt’s Pharaoh. Joseph worshipped and trusted God as a slave in a land and among a people not his own. He refused to commit sin against Potiphar and God by refusing to sleep with Potiphar’s wife. Potiphar had entrusted him with everything he had and Joseph honored it before the eyes of God. Joseph honored God as a teenager, and the Lord was with him during his Egyptian slavery from the time his brothers sold him to the time he was thrown into jail for a crime he did not commit. God honored Joseph by lifting him up from an incarcerated slave to the highest leadership position in Egypt, next only to Pahraoh himself. He played a central role in God’s redemptive plan for the house of Israel, the Egyptian people, and the rest of the ancient world. How God used this obedient teenager and later young man is beyond description. He never complained about his mistreatment by his own brothers, by Potiphar, and in jail. Instead he Sid to his brothers “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt” (Genesis 45:7, 8).


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