Northside Baptist Church
Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
When Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers his future was completely unknown to him. Not only was it unknown, it appeared to be a hopeless situation. He would be a slave in a foreign land. He would have no friends, no family, no rights, no standing and no income. He would be untterly without hope. In the midst of his dark, hopeless time he had no way of knowing the end of the story as we do now. We can look back and know he was eventually lifted up to be 2nd in command of all Egypt under the Pharaoh. We look back and can see how God used Joseph’s “hopeless” situation to provide for the very brothers who caused his troubles.