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here are several examples of Bible characters and even living testimonies of Christians today, who their trials have led to their blessings.
We might pause here and ask why God sometimes will choose the way of affliction or trial to accomplish His plans for us Christians? After all what He (God) had purposed to do for us, He can do it and allow us to reach the goals, which He had set for us without having us to go through ordeals or afflictions.
Surely it is not God that brings affliction. The devil brings it in order to kill the Christian for he (Satan) never has any good intentions for the Christian. But God uses these trials on many occasions, to achieve His purpose for him (the Christian), if the Christian remains faithful either to better his lot OR where the trouble (affliction) persists, to show His power in him by making him a dignity of Christ's suffering, that God's Name might be declared throughout the world (Rom 9:17).
This, God does over and over again to show His supremacy over the devil and to bring glory to His name.
Where the lot of the Christian becomes better, it sharpens the Christian's faith and helps him to put all his trust and hope in God. For after all hopes are lost, when all human efforts failed and God rose to the Christian's help, he (the Christian), is better able to appreciate God's power and this makes him to rely on God the more (Rom.5: 3-5).
Joseph, while being sold to Egypt, would hardly think of his dreams coming to pass again. More so, when the chances of him seeing his brothers again became remote, talk less of them coming to pay obeisance to him. As if leaving his lovely father to become a slave in a strange land were not enough, in trying to be faithful to his master and God, he became a prisoner. But after the trial, real joy actually came.
Joseph surely gave the right appraisal to God's working power in his life after everything went well with him as evidenced by the name he gave to his children. The first son, he named "Manasseh", meaning: "For God hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house" and the second son he named "Ephraim" - meaning "God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction".
Joseph may never have been able to see how great God is nor his faith much increased had he not been so much afflicted. If he became the governor very cheaply, he may not have valued God as he did after the trial. And this is true to life. Anything got cheaply is rarely valued. So, the devil, when he thought he was trying to worsen Joseph' case, he (the devil) was only working towards achieving what God, had years earlier revealed to Abraham, Joseph's grandfather (Gen 15:13).
God, like He does for any of His children, had predestined Joseph to be the saviour of his father's household at Egypt. Joseph himself did not know. All he could gather from his dreams was that he would prosper over his brothers. That this was going to be in Egypt, he did not know. No record showed it.
But in an attempt by the devil to scuttle Joseph's dreams, he fulfilled God's plan for him.
Satan spies some of God's plans but the details God has always kept away from him. So, whatever little he sees, he tries to work against it and while trying to do so, he inadvertently accomplishes God's end point. In the case of Joseph, it happened that he had only been sent to Egypt 22-years ahead of time to prepare the ground for the salvation of Israel in fulfillment of God's plan, which was earlier quoted (Gen.15:13).
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