Genesis 37:28 Life Recovery Bible
13 years passed between these two verses, 13 years of betrayal, prison, disappointments.
Turning to Joseph, Pharaoh said to him, "Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, you are the wisest man in the country! I am hereby appointing you to be in charge of this entire project. What you say goes, throughout all the land of Egypt. I alone will outrank you."
Genesis 41: 39-40 Life Recovery Bible
What is faith?
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The Bible says that faith is "the substance of things unseen."
God felt by the heart, not by reason - Blaise Pascal
Faith brings hope when there's no outward appearance of a reason to hope. - me
Roget's Super Thesaurus gives these synonyms: belief, conviction, trust, confidence, certainty, sureness, credence, reliance, hope, dependence.
Webster's New World Dictionary broadens the definition to "unquestioning belief."
The substance showing faith, as stated in the Bible, is often the act of waiting and accepting.
In the above verses, Joseph trusted God through all his trials. Though he was a mere slave, he did an excellent job for Potiphar. He exemplified God in all he did. When he was betrayed by Potiphar's wife, he accepted his fate with head held high, and his trust in God intact.
While days bled into years of prison life, Joseph rose to excellence because of his reliance, unquestioning belief, in God. Though the butler forgot his promise, Joseph continued to do his best.
Joseph waited for God's promise for thirteen years.
Joseph accepted whatever fate he was dealt.
The answer came in God's timing, not Joseph's.
I don't know about you, but my faith can be strong at the beginning of a trial. When God first promises deliverance, I believe him, but when the answer delays, I falter. What I forget is that God uses that waiting time to prepare me, to strengthen me, to help me see Him more clearly.
Days of praying for my granddaughter's healing, only to have her die, demonstrated God's supremacy.
Months of financial hardship taught me to look to God for sustenance.
Years of praying for children and grandchildren deepens my assurance that God's working.
Does faith mean waiting?
I think, a lot of times, it does.