Series: Lessons From Leaders
Lesson Number: 2 of 4
Lesson Title: JOSEPH LEARNS TO WAIT ; (To download and print this lesson, click on lesson title.)
TEEN LESSON: JOSEPH LEARNS TO WAIT; Theme: LESSONS FROM JOSEPH
MEMORY VERSE: PSALM 25: 4&5&21; Make me know thy ways o Lord. Teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth and teach me, for thou art the God of my salvation; for thee I wait all the day. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for thee.
Genesis chapters 39&40; tells about what happened to Joseph after he was sold as a slave. He was taken to Egypt and sold to a high ranking official. Here Joseph served as a servant in Potiphar’s house. Chapter 39: 2&3 says that the Lord was with Joseph so he became a successful man. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and how the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hand.
How would someone be able to tell that the Lord was with him. (He had integrity, he was honest) But all was not well for Joseph. He was wrongfully accused and was thrown into prison.
Have you ever been wrongfully accused of something? Think about how Joseph might have felt. How could this have affected his attitude? He may have been angry at people and maybe at God?
Joseph still maintained his integrity. He did not allow his circumstances to affect his belief in God. Read Chapter 39:21-23; The Lord was with Joseph and gave him favor, maybe because of his attitude. Joseph was put in charge of the prisoners and he was successful.
Joseph was held responsible for the actions of the prisoners. This was not an easy job!
Chapter 40 tells about two of the prisoners who were servants of the Pharaoh. Each of these men had dreams and Joseph was given the interpretation of their dreams. One of these men was restored to his position with the Pharaoh. Joseph asked him to put in a word for him with the Pharaoh to get him out of prison. But the cupbearer forgot about Joseph and he stayed in prison for another two years.
During all this time as Joseph was wrongfully accused and imprisoned, he had to learn to be patient. He did not know if he would ever be free. He must have had lots of questions. He must have often wondered how his life would have been if his brothers had not hated him. He certainly had opportunity to become bitter, angry and hateful. His attitude was tested. Joseph kept on trusting God. His character was being developed and he was being prepared for a life that was beyond his imagination and his wildest dreams.
When life disappoints you, do you become angry and bitter or do you trust God and wait for God to help you? God may be preparing you for something that is much bigger than your dreams. Is your attitude up to the challenge?