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Murphy’s Law vs. Joseph’s Law

Romans 8:28, “We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. They are the people he called, because that was his plan.”


Most of all of us have heard of Murphy's law, ‘if something can go wrong, it will go wrong’. What about Joseph's law, ‘if something goes wrong, God is behind the scenes making it right’.


Taking a few moments and Joseph’s story found in Genesis, it's hard to see how he could have such a strong faith. Every time he seemed to take two steps forward, he would fall three steps back. From being a favorite son of his father, to being sold by his brothers into slavery. Then getting promoted to Potiphar’s house, then accused of a crime and thrown in prison. It seemed this guy couldn't catch a break. How, through all of this could God be working all things out for good in Joseph's life?

Finally, things began to look hopeful for Joseph while in prison. Joseph was a good prisoner and was soon put in charge of other prisoners. During that time a couple of the King's workers, a butler, and a baker, had dreams which Joseph was able to interpret. The dreams came true, and the Butler was called back to the king. Joseph asked him to return the favor and put in a good word for him, hoping he could leave the prison. Yet the butler did not remember Joseph for two more years.

Some may ask why God allowed Joseph to stay in prison when he hadn't done anything wrong to begin with. How is this working out for God's purpose for Joseph? Just maybe, God was still working on the final touches preparing Joseph for the bigger task to come. Joseph was still a boy when this all started. Maybe we could say a little naive and spoiled. All that Joseph was going through was God working out something deep in Joseph's life. Maybe God was helping Joseph learn some humility and helping him have a heart of complete trust.

In Genesis 41 we read the wonderful fulfillment in Joseph’s story. The king has some troubling dreams, the butler remembers Joseph, Joseph interprets the dreams and is freed from prison, put in a high position and protects everyone from a famine, including his own family.


Have there been some painful, hurtful times in your life? Maybe you've had times you've quoted Murphy's law as everything seems to be going wrong in your life. When you're down in the muck have you said, ‘Wow, God has something good in store!’ Probably most of us have not had that thought during a time like that.

When all seems to be going wrong, we need to pray to have Joseph's mindset. In the midst of trials, God is preparing us. He is molding and shaping us for something great. He is helping our character become more like the image of His Son- Romans 8:29.

Allow God to help you grow through the hard times because in everything that happens God is always teaching a lesson. Find encouragement from Joseph's story. All things will work out for good and no matter what, God's got this.




The best way to grow you faith and trust in Jesus is by diving into His Word and allowing Him to fill you, speak to you, and give you strength and peace to be fully assured that He is with you every step of your life. He goes before you and walks behind you and is working it all out for you. Come deep sea diving with me as we continue our study through Hebrews 11:1-12 and let the Lord encourage you today.





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