Imprisoned believer like Joseph of old

Refugee peoples hand reach out praying for hope

“God turned into good what you meant for evil” (Genesis 50:20). Remember the story of Joseph, whose brothers sold him into slavery? After being falsely accused and imprisoned, Joseph rose to a high position in Egypt when he interpreted Pharaoh’s dream. God used Joseph to store up vast amounts of grain during the years of plenty to provide food for everyone in Egypt as well as his family in Canaan during the famine. (Genesis 50)

Yes, we trust in God who can turn into good what was meant for evil.

A few months ago, Jake* was condemned to one year in jail because he converted to Christianity and shared the gospel with others. He was put into a cell with thieves, killers, kidnappers and drug dealers. Jake stood out among his cell mates and the guards soon noted his kindness to others. In fact, the chief jailer recommended that he be given early parole because of his good behavior. The jailer’s superiors rejected the recommendation.

Instead of being despondent or negative, Jake continued to use every opportunity he had to share Scripture and his beliefs with his cell mates and guards. Some of them accepted the Word of God as the truth and became believers. Jake was overjoyed. He thanked God for his blessings and for allowing him to be in jail to be a witness there. He considers it an honor to suffer for his Lord.

There are many others in the Persian-speaking world who are suffering for being followers of Jesus. Please pray for them that they would be strong with the Lord’s mighty power, so that after the battle, they would be standing firm (Ephesians 6:10,13). May they too have opportunity to be used by God to turn into good, what others have meant for evil.

*Name changed for security reasons.

 

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