Now when Joseph reached his brothers, they stripped him of his tunic, the [distinctive] multi-coloured tunic which he was wearing; then they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty; there was no water in it. (Genesis 37:23-24 AMP)
The enemy’s job is to kill, steal and to destroy (John 10:10). He sure attempted this in the life of Joseph. Joseph was his father’s favourite son; he was most loved being the son of his old age. Israel, his father, gifted him a [distinctive] multi-coloured tunic and his brothers hated him for it. The coat reminded them that their father loved him more.
The same scenario plays with us. Our Heavenly Father so loved us, that He gave His only Son Jesus Christ. Love gives, meanwhile, the enemy steals, kills and destroys this precious truth from our lives.
When Joseph was sent to check on his brothers, they attacked him. The first thing they did was to strip him off his multi- coloured tunic, the one that his Father gifted him out of the overflow of his love for him. Thereafter they threw him into an empty pit, with no water inside.
The enemy unlike us, was not made in the image and likeness of God, therefore unlike us, he does not posses the creative ability of the Creator God. Because of this his plans of attack never change, he first stripes you of the truth of that your Heavenly Father loves you. Once you start doubting His love for You, the enemy throws you into a pit with no water. Water in the bible represents the word of God, without believing the love of God manifested through Christ finished work at the cross and the word of God, you are defenceless against the attack of the enemy.
Not long I must admit, I unconsciously stepped into Joseph’s shoes and it was unpleasant, it took me almost a week to recover, I lost a lot compared to my enemy and I still have the bruises that remind me to never forget that the Lord loves me and that is all that matters. As I share this tragic event that unfolded in my past, I hope, you get live out out the lessons I learnt and avoid the loss I’m still recovering from.
In my day to day living, it never once occurred to me that I came across as prideful or even mean, I am the easiest person to get along with, infact many people tend to want to take advantage of me because of this. Little did I know that someone close, a family member, was watching me throughout the years. The person was not happy about my stellar performance in school throughout the years. Apparently (lets name this person X) X secretly competed against me for years, without my knowledge and somehow despite been mean and doing hurtful things to disadvantage me, the Lord always caused me to prosper and I always emerged at the top. The Lord fought and continues to fight for the innocent and I am forever grateful and Lord be glorified in all my success as well as failures.
Don’t be fooled by the packaging the enemy comes disguised as, like I was. Always be vigilant for the enemy roams about like a roaring lion seeking those who he may devour. In this case, because I was never vigilant, I let my guard down, dismissing the alarms that went off in my head, I ended up been the victim. To be honest I didn’t know how to deal with this kinds of situations, sometimes I confronted X, but it never borne any results, just a toxic atmosphere filled with strife. I set boundaries but they were never respected or honoured, my guardians didn’t know how to deal with the situation at hand, so it was either a blanket condemnation to both parties, despite been innocent or worse, one of them sided with X. I felt trapped sentenced to a physically and emotionally abusive relationship in the name of family.
One day, X’s the mask fell off, all the years of envy and jealousy from secretly competing against me and losing, without my knowledge, come out screaming hateful words at me, confessing the jealousy they had of me. Indeed it was ‘the roaring lion’ and it wasn’t pretty. I decided not to engage with her, only to be assaulted. As I was walking away from her she hit the back of my head and neck, it was then that I fought back, only to utterly loss. You see fighting and hatred was not my dormain, I am more of the joyful gifter…well I hope people love my gifts. Anyway I fell into the trap laid out for me by enemy, instead of focusing on the King, like Queen Esther my eyes were on Haman, and because you become what you behold, I become what I saw. Anger.
Like Joseph, my Father in Heaven surrounded me with favor and love, however X a close family was not very happy about the beautiful multi coloured coloured court I was gifted. So she took and threw me in the well. I must admit, I was hurt, I felt like I could be murdered by X and there who never be any justice. I felt unloved and as I nursed my bruises, I ruminated about how abandoned and unloved I was. Of course I forgave, but building trust and healthy relationship with them is another story. I was in that dry and empty well for almost a week, I was depressed and weak. I cried my eyes out,to the fact that no one cared about to be there for me and wìth me.
During Joseph’s days, a well without water in the desert to be dusty. According to Genesis 3:14 …the enemy was cursed to eat dust all the days of its life. Suddenly Joseph became attractive food to the enemy. Just like I was. This shows that all our brothers and sisters who are depressed have had the sense of God’s love of them stolen as well as the word of God.
In the pit, Joseph was without his multi-coloured coat, he was dusty and alone, it is no coincidence that the most isolated people struggle with depression, they are in distress and anguish. They have no one to share the love of God for them with. I must admit this embodies the authentic state I lived in during that time. Joseph in the was in distress and in anguish, the Holy Spirit reveals this later on, in Genesis 42:21-
And they said to one another, “Truly we are guilty regarding our brother [Joseph], because we saw the distress and anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us [to let him go], yet we would not listen [to his cry]; so this distress and anguish has come on us.”
This devotion entwined with my experience is meant to demonstrate the purity and accuracy of God’s word and also uncover the enemy’s ways so that you never fall for his tactics. Its also meant to equip you to be able to strengthen others who have fallen by telling them how much God loves them, and using God’s word. Be encouraged today as you meditate on how much God loves you and always remember to be conscious of His no matter the circumstances, His love for you is not an emotion but a truth.
• God loves us so much that He have Jesus Christ to for our sins, so that we are justified and made righteous if we believe in Him (Jesus Christ)
• The enemy wants to steal the truth that God loves us, in order to depress us without having the word of God and isolate us from the possibility of others sharing God’s love with us.