Then they sat down to eat their meal. When they looked up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead [east of the Jordan], with their camels bearing ladanum resin [for perfume] and balm and myrrh, going on their way to carry the cargo down to Egypt. (Genesis 37:25 AMP)
It is very interesting after throwing their little brother in an empty pit, they sat down to eat. The enemy feeds as long as you are in the pit, stripped off the sense that your Heavenly Father loves you, isolated and covered in dust. No wonder dust is his food (Genesis 3:14).
The moment they looked up, hope was on the horizon for Joseph and God’s plan was in motion. They saw a caravan of Ishmaelite. Now Ishmaelites are descendants of Ishmael, Abraham first born son with Hagar, Sarah’s maid servant. Ismael was not the promised child, Isaac was. In fact the bible in Genesis records how Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael away after He mocked Isaac.
So Abraham got up early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she left [but lost her way] and wandered [aimlessly] in the Wilderness of Beersheba. Genesis 21:14
Rejected and sent away by his own father, with bread and water, Ishmael almost died in the desert until God intervened. He promised to make him a great nation. Now we see this great nation saves Joseph’s life, by buying him. Indeed all things work to gather for good. God rescued a rejected boy, Ishmael, he made him a great nation as he promised and used his descendants to save the life of Joseph, which in turns saves his family that later becomes the nation of Israel, from which, our Messiah, Jesus Christ descends from.
In the pit, Joseph was scared, the Holy Spirit reveals the conversion the brothers will have later on in the story, let’s listen in. 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.” (Genesis 42:21)
Although he was in distress, God already had a plan in motion to save him and make him achieve the dreams He put in his heart. I’m sure Joseph while in the pit, did not see that anything good coming out of it. But look up Joseph, hope is on horizon. God is a master at using every horrible experience we have endured to make something so good out of it, that only can get the glory.
Be encouraged and dare hope while still in the pit, remembering that the faithful love of the Lord never ends, His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. Say to yourself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him! Lamentations 3:21-24
• God is a master at using every horrible experience we have endured to make something so good out of it, that only He can get the glory. Read on Roman’s 8:28
• Read Lamentations 3:21-24