We shouldn’t read past verse 1 too quickly. Instead, we should sit with it for a few minutes and consider how what it is telling us impacted Joseph. Before, he had lived with his people in his land. But now, because of his brothers’ betrayal, he was a slave in a distant land with a people not his own. We need to appreciate the loneliness Joseph must have felt because when we do, we can see the beauty of verse 2: “The Lord was with Joseph.”
We all go through times when we feel alone, but the amazing promise of Scripture is that as followers of Christ, we are never alone (Matt. 28:20). Our reality is greater than our feelings.
• We may feel like Joseph did because we too are away from our families. But the truth is that we are not alone. God is with us.
• We may feel like Joseph did because those we care about—those we thought loved us—betrayed us and wounded us deeply. But the truth is that we are not alone. God is with us.
• We may feel like Joseph did because we cannot relate to anyone around us. But the truth is that we are not alone. God is with us.
This is the promise of Christ we must allow the Holy Spirit to preach to our minds and hearts day by day. If that was all God did for us, it would be more than enough. But He did more. He has also given us the church, another family with ties deeper than bloodline, so that we might have community. God, in His triune nature, is a relational God. Relationships matter to Him. He is anti-alone. This is why He has given Himself to us, and this is why He has given us the church—so we are never alone.
How are you fostering meaningful, deep relationships within your church? What additional steps can you take?