Cross City Church
June 28, 2020 | A Chapter of Despair
This series focuses on Joseph, a young man who became an incredible leader through a very difficult journey of life. It’s clear in Scripture that God is intensely interested in growing each of us as individuals. In a time of sheltering-in and greater solitude, have you noticed that God is teaching you and growing you in unique ways?The life of Joseph is a story of how God worked on one man to prepare him for the greatest impact in the world at that time. It’s a story of thrilling dreams, devastating disappointment, exhilarating temptation and solitary suffering. It’s a story of the agony of defeat, but also the thrill of victory. It’s the story of all of us to some degree. Joseph is a man that was willing to weather this rigorous process – and he saw the fruit of God’s work in the end. This study will be a challenge for each of us – because we will see how God works in a solitary, individual life to prepare them for the future.
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Genesis 39:19-23
Now when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, “This is what your slave did to me,” his anger burned. So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail. But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it. The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper.
Ultimately, by causing us to wait God is preparing us and preparing the situation for His eternal purpose.
While you’re waiting, LIVE WISELY.
Genesis 39:21
But the Lord was with Joseph…
“God had much more in mind for the kingdom of God than Joseph’s personal vindication.” — RT Kendall
Instead of letting circumstances get the best OF us, let’s let them get the best FROM us.
How do you respond when unfair things happen? What do you regret the most about your actions and words when you’re treated unfairly? What would you do differently?
While you’re waiting, LISTEN CLOSELY.
Genesis 40:6-8
When Joseph came to them in the morning and observed them, behold, they were dejected. He asked Pharaoh’s officials who were with him in confinement in his master’s house, “Why are your faces so sad today?” Then they said to him, “We have had a dream and there is no one to interpret it.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell it to me, please.”
Daniel 4:19
Then Daniel…was appalled for a while as his thoughts alarmed him.
John 10:27
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
Romans 8:14
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.
Acts 16:6-7
(They were) forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak…in Asia…the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them.
Listen. Closely.
Listen closely to GOD.
Have you learned to hear God’s voice about yourself? About your life? About your calling, thoughts, actions? Do you have a habit of listening closely, so you can hear Him when you need to?
While you’re waiting, LEAN HEAVILY.
Genesis 40:20-23
Thus it came about on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants. He restored the chief cupbearer to his office, and he put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand; but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
Genesis 40:14-15
Only keep me in mind when it goes well with you, and please do me a kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house. For I was in fact kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing that they should have put me into the dungeon.
“A very important part of Joseph’s preparation was for him to be delivered from self-pity, self-righteousness and from any need to manipulate his future.” — RT Kendall
God’s delays are not God’s denials, but we can’t speed things up.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight.
How is God using this unusual time in my life? How is He using this in my relationships? How is He shaping my own character and outlook?
Discussion Questions:

What about you? How do you respond when unfair things happen? What do you regret the most about your actions and words when you’re treated unfairly? What would you do differently?

Have you learned to hear God’s voice about yourself? About your life? About your calling, thoughts, actions? Do you have a habit of listening closely, so you can hear Him when you need to?

How is God using this unusual time in my life? How is He using this in my relationships? How is He shaping my own character and outlook?