You’ll probably never be sold into slavery, but if your circumstances have ever fallen woefully short of your dreams for your future, you have quite a bit in common with Joseph.
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Chuck Swindoll introduces us to his friend, Rhome Dyck, a pastor and passionate teacher of the Bible. Rhome reminds us of how blindsided Joseph was by his removal to a foreign culture.
Most people who are betrayed and abandoned struggle with anger, bitterness, and rebellion. But we see no signs of that in Joseph's reactions. He never completely lost his faith in God working.
Rhome opens up about his own family turmoil as he was growing up and how it's possible to look successful while things are falling apart. Success can help us hide from our own sin.
When Rhome had to face his parents' divorce over adultery, he struggled with all kinds of emotions and fears over his own future choices, even while choosing ministry over business.
As Rhome had to deal with caring for his mother, while also a full-time seminary student, he learned he had to discard his own plans for his life. But he was tempted to take the safer route.
It took time for Rhome to work through his anger toward his father. But he knew he didn't want to be angry his whole life, and he also saw God's faithfulness working in his and his mom's life.
We never know when our present trials will finally be over. Rhome and Chuck urge us not to put our hope in any specific timing but to rest in God's presence in the midst of the shadows.
Rhome shares how things unfolded at the birth of his second daughter, when they learned she has Down Syndrome. He describes what she's like now, as a 21-month-old gift from God.
Rhome shares a perspective of gratitude as he accepts the life God has given him and his family. Blessings still abound and, as He did for Joseph, God is growing him through ongoing events.