Life is full of ups and downs. A basketball star shoots a game-winning three-pointer, and his name is all over the media. The following week, however, an injury brings his career to a shocking end. He goes from hero to zero. The opposite can also happen. A teenage girl living in poverty creates a YouTube® video, and it goes viral. Within days, she’s offered multiple opportunities to sing. Her sudden success inspires young musicians everywhere.
Sudden reversals can flip the script for all of us, creating a test of our faith and character. For many of us, the arrival of the pandemic in 2020 caused just such a sudden reversal.
In today’s study, we’ll see Joseph travel from the prison to the palace in a single day. His many years of suffering were finally repaid with a huge personal reward. Notice the way Joseph kept his eyes on God through the good times and the bad. While success can cause some to grow self-sufficient and self-absorbed, Joseph modeled for us what it means to remain faithful no matter how high or low life takes us.