Most of us were read or told the Bible stories as children of Old Testament characters such as Joseph, Moses, Noah, Elijah, Elisha, and others. We view them as ‘greats’ – heroes of the faith (rightly so) because, they pushed through. They were overcomers. Their stories have triumphant endings
But we have a tendency to read their stories from ‘back to front’. Or we recap their stories ‘in a nutshell’, almost sanitising them – leaving out the heartache, the sometimes long periods of waiting, the pain, the questioning they sometimes went through. We know the outcome and we sometimes forget what these heroes went through before their great breakthroughs.
Take Joseph, for example.
Joseph ruled as Prime Minister of Egypt. What an honour and blessing bestowed on this man who started out life as a shepherd and the youngest son.
However, before this great honour and fulfilment of God’s promise…
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