The faith of Joseph is a wonder to behold. His life serves as an inspiration for all who profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In the past several posts, we have seen the faith of Joseph unfold in the emerging drama. We have seen the role of doctrine in the life of Joseph. The specific role involves Joseph’s proper understanding of doctrine. This man had an accurate understanding of the character of God. He had an accurate understanding of the purposes of God.
When we have an accurate understanding of God’s character and his all-wise purposes, we will be ready when the day of calamity arrives. When we understand who God is and embrace the fact that he is in Providential control of everything, we may be shaken but we will not be moved. B.B. Warfield rightly says, “The fundamental thought is the universal government of God. All that comes to you is under his controlling hand. The secondary thought is the favor of God to those that love him. If he governs all, then nothing but good can befall those to whom he would do good. The consolation lies in the shelter which we may thus find beneath his almighty arms.” So when the waves of life threaten to sweep us away, we will stand like a rock – to the glory of God.
Question # 28 in the Heidelberg Catechism adds theological concrete to our foundation:
Q: How does the knowledge of God’s creation and providence help us?
A: We can be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing will separate us from his love. All creatures are so completely in his hand that without his will they can neither move nor be moved.
May Joseph’s faith encourage you and embolden you in the days ahead. And may a steady belief in the doctrine of Providence strengthen your resolve when the day of adversity arrives.