I was coming home late one night from a conference when my car died. It conked out right in front of an Aldi store. I called Deb to come and pick me up. I fell into bed knowing I would need to call a tow truck in the morning. I was awakened early by a call from the local police department asking if I would come down to the station. I was a little confused, even more so when they wouldn't tell me why I had to come to the station.
When I got to the station they took me into a room, gave me a chair and said, "
You have the right to remain silent, you have the right to an attorney, and anything you say can and will be used against you...Do you understand these rights?"
I had recently watched a Tom Selleck movie where his character went to prison for a crime he did not commit. I thought to myself, not only am I ruggedly handsome like Tom Selleck but now I'm going to prison just like he did! Seriously though, it was a little unsettling. It turned out the Aldi had been robbed that night and when police saw a car outside with the keys still in it (I forgot my keys, the stupid thing wouldn't start anyway) they assumed it was a getaway car.
I was released after a brief explanation of my circumstances. Joseph didn't get off so easy. He was unjustly accused of attempting to violate his master's wife. The circumstantial evidence and the false testimony of the woman was enough to put the slave boy in prison. No trial, no jury of peers, no get out of jail free card--he went straight from servant to prisoner. It is a terrible injustice and at the same time (knowing how the story ends) a beautiful plan.
Is it possible that every terrible injustice, painful event and obstacle that we face is still part of that same beautiful plan? If that is true, how do we handle suffering? Are we able to keep our cool, love those around us and serve God faithfully even when life smashes us squarely in the nose? We'll learn a few things from Joseph's reactions as we dig in to chapters 40 and 41 of Genesis this Sunday. Remember, you'll get the most out of the weekend messages if you are familiar with the story. See you Sunday! - Pastor Kris