Our Vacation Bible School theme this year was 'Farm Fresh Faith' and as a church we had the opportunity to take a look at the life of Joseph.
Joseph is a very familiar Bible character to anyone who has spent time in a Sunday School class. From a very small age, we teach about Joseph and his coat of many colors and being a slave in Egypt. Because we first learn about Joseph as children, it can be easy to assume we know the story and move on, but it is always refreshing to find a familiar story in the Bible and learn new lessons from it.
From infants to adults, we had classes going all over the facility. Each class focusing on how they can relate the love of God through the story of Joseph with the hope that maybe we plant even one seed that can grow. It is always fun to try to teach children to pronounce Joseph's Egyptian name, 'Zaphnath-paaneah,' or tell how many brothers he had, but there are many layers to Joseph's life story that keep teaching us well into maturity.
Joseph's life is a beautiful example of God's sovereignty. God spent many years teaching Joseph about patience, learning to serve in whatever capacity he could, whether as a slave in the house of Potiphar or as second in command to Pharaoh. He maintained a life of high integrity, even when tempted to sin, he learned humility through years of servitude and imprisonment, and accountability when he served as a leader in Egypt. When he encountered his brothers later in life (the same brothers who sold him into slavery), he showed forgiveness. He knew that no matter what anyone's intentions are, God is in control and He has a plan for our lives that is bigger than ourselves. Through Joseph, God preserved the nation of Israel and saved thousands of lives during many years of hard famine.
Last week, as I walked through the church and heard games and laughter, teaching and serving, I truly prayed that God would use our Vacation Bible School to touch a life and grow His kingdom.
If it's been a while since you've read the story of Joseph, I encourage you to grab your Bible and see what new lesson you can find in the life of Joseph.
"But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive." Genesis 50:20