The Story of Joseph

Even when people do harm, God is in control.

Before You Listen

After you listen

Memory Verse

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

Audio Icon   Genesis 50:20



There’s no way that Joseph could have imagined what God had planned for him. He had hints though, but those dreams about bowing stars and bowing sheaves of grain only led to him being sold into slavery. Sitting in the jail, how could he have known that he would be Pharaoh's right-hand man in just a few years?

The main actor in the Joseph’s story is God. Even though, throughout Joseph’s life, he’s surrounded by evil people, God watches over him for good purposes. Throughout the Bible, God flips people’s evil intentions and works all things out to keep his covenant promises. Looking ahead to the story of Jesus, we can see that even though the Pharisees and other temple leaders intended Jesus harm, God used them for good. Even today, we need to be faithful to God’s plan and remember Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Read Joseph’s story (Genesis 37, 39-50). Want to dig deeper and learn more about God’s plan? Check out 1 Timothy 2:3-4, 2 Peter 3:9 and Micah 6:8.


Pray the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13 and pay extra attention to the line “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Ask God what his will is for your life. Talk to a parent or friend about things you are good at doing. Find a way to serve using those gifts and see where God might be leading you.