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Joseph's coats 3

'He dressed him in robes of fine linen.' Genesis 41:42 NIV

The third coat Joseph wore was: the coat of destiny. Joseph honoured God, even through really difficult circumstances, and ended up on the throne of Egypt, fulfilling his destiny. The psalmist said God 'sent a man before them - Joseph, sold as a slave... till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the Lord proved him true. The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free. He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed' (Psalm 105:17-21 NIV).

The trials of life and attack from the enemy happen to us all. Five times in Genesis 39 the Bible says, 'The Lord was with Joseph.' But that did not exempt him from betrayal by his family, temptation from his boss' wife, accusations and false imprisonment, or disappointment at the hands of friends. Looking back, Joseph realised these experiences were 'training for reigning'. When faced with his brothers years after they sold him into slavery, he said: 'You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives' (Genesis 50:20 NIV).

The things we go through and the things that come against us can all be used by God to shape us for the great destiny he has for us.

So what now? Over this week, re-read the story of Joseph (in Genesis 37-46). Write down any thoughts about the three 'coats' of Joseph that stand out to you.

Soulfood: 1 Chr 10, 1 Chr 11, 1 Chr 12:1-22, John 8:42-59, Ps 49, Pro 25:18-20

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