He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron. (Psalm 105:17-18)
The story of Joseph is briefly related in Psalm 105. Joseph went through a very difficult, heartbreaking time before he became prime minister of Egypt. He was hated by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused of rape by Potiphar’s wife, thrown in jail for no good reason, and mistreated and abandoned by the butler and the baker while he was imprisoned. After all of that, most of us, if we were in Joseph’s case, would be about ready to give up and quit. In our world where we can get things so easily, the first sign of trouble or difficulty often causes us to throw in the towel.
But Psalm 105:17-18 tells us something interesting about Joseph. Through all of the pain and injustice that he faced, Joseph never gave up. He never stopped trusting God’s plan for his life. When he was sitting in jail, to him, his future looked bleak, even dark. But he chose to remain faithful to God. He kept pressing through and doing what was right even when everything around him was going wrong and everyone around him was doing him wrong. No matter how difficult things got, Joseph kept believing in God and resting in His promises.
The Bible says in verse 18, that as Joseph sat in prison with his feet held fast in chains of iron, his heart, mind, and soul became as strong as the iron that was holding him. Day by day, he made the choice to keep the plans of God before him and to keep fighting for what was right. As he did that, God gave him supernatural strength to endure the difficult situation he was in. Joseph didn’t get bitter or complain or try to seek revenge against his haters. Instead he chose life, he chose to remain strong, he chose to believe that God was working all this out for his good. And when God eventually brought him through, he was victorious.
So if you’re going through a difficult time in your life where it seems no matter how much good you do, bad things continue to happen, people continue to speak negative words against you, be encouraged. God wants to give you strength. He wants to give you supernatural power to endure and overcome whatever you are going through. Every weakness you have, every hard time you face is an opportunity for God to show his strength and power in your life. If you let Him, God can make you as strong as steel, give you a backbone that can stand any test, and put power beyond measure in you that no one can understand or take away.
Like Joseph, if you just keep believing, keep trusting, and keep doing the right thing, you open the door for God to do wonderful things in your life. Be strong today because God has given you strength to endure and overcome whatever situation you are in. Defeat and depression is not a place to dwell for the Christian. God is increasing strength in your life so you can live in victory every day.
Daniella Whyte is the author of 3 books and co-author of 3 books. She is the editor of the Girls 4 God Magazine. She is also a college senior, studying psychology and religion at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Her passion in life is to help families stay together, to help children thrive, and to make the world a better place by making the family foundation better.