A promise from God will endure and travel with us throughout all the changes and transitions of life. There might come a time when it appears the promise and its accompanying blessings have disappeared, and others will seem to have taken control over you and your destiny. None of these negative influences have authority over the promises of God and the blessings those promises carry.
After Joseph was sold into slavery, he rose to prominence in Egypt to rule as number two under the authority of Pharaoh. The nation prospered as Joseph was permitted to run the affairs of the state under the guidance and wisdom of God. When Joseph’s father and brothers were finally brought to Egypt in order to survive during a long and severe famine, the blessing on Joseph’s life became a blessing for his family and the nation. In Genesis 47:10, Joseph’s father, Jacob, appeared before Pharaoh where the text reads, “Then Jacob blessed Pharaoh.” People who carry the promises of God become a blessing wherever the Lord leads them.
Over the next several decades, Joseph and all his brothers would eventually die ending an entire generation. During that time, and under the blessing of the Lord, “they (Israel) multiplied so greatly that they become extremely powerful and filled the land” (Exodus 1:7). The blessings God placed upon Israel had opened supernatural doors thought unimaginable many years before when the brothers of Joseph threw him in a pit and sold him into slavery. All of these negative events would work together for the good of the nation of Israel.
Life does not always remain the same. It changed dramatically for Israel. “Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done”, “So the Egyptians made the Israelites slaves” (Exodus 1:8, 11). Four hundred years of slavery would follow before the crossing of the Red Sea. During all this time, the promise remained intact.
God may have spoken a promise to you. For a season you walked in its blessings and prospered. Those you served saw the hand of God upon your life and granted you a place of honor. But something happened. A new generation of leadership came into power. They either forget or chose to ignore the history of your past faithfulness. Now, you are living like a slave under the cruel fist of a hard taskmaster.
If this is your struggle, do not forget the story of Joseph and the nation of Israel. It is a Kingdom principle. All enslavement of God’s people will have an Exodus moment and a Red Sea crossing somewhere in the future. The promise of God is like a magnet always pulling us forward through every hardship toward the goodness of God. Just as Israel would stand before the Promised Land, a place of fulfillment, so it will be for you if you remain faithful to the Lord and trust Him to lead you forward, no matter who or what stands in your way.