36 Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard. Genesis 37:36
I saved the last verse for its own devotional. This is the place in the story where it gets really interesting…and complicated. All of what happens next will bypass his family’s knowledge. They still believe he had become a mere slave.
I say complicated because what we’re about to see for ourselves is the Sovereign Hand of God intervening in the affairs of one man, Joseph. Even though Joseph was a much better man than the rest of his family, he still had his flaws and quirks. God worked in his situation as we’re about to discover in more detail. It wasn’t because of what Joseph had done, but because of God’s earlier promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
From Joseph’s perspective, though, his family betrayed him…twice. He was now being sold to someone he had never met so he’s totally in the dark about his situation. Again we have the benefit of 3000 years and a recorded history of the events in Joseph’s life. Joseph was just doing what he could to survive. At this point in his journey, it’s all he could do.
Everything was in God’s hands.