5. God's protection in the lion's den

Last time we saw how Joseph told his brothers about his dreams that they will bow before him. Joseph was still very young and immature as he bragged about his dreams to his brothers who already hated him. We learned that we must be emotionally intelligent and wise as to what to tell other people. We shouldn't brag about how God blesses us. We should rather help other people and reach out to them. And be an example to others in our deeds.

As we read further about his life we see that Israel didn't send Joseph with his brothers to care for the flock. Israel kept him at home whilst his brothers had to work. We don't know the reason why, but we can assume that it was because he was his father's favorite and his father didn't want him to get hurt. But what his father did do was to send him to see what his brothers were up to:

"Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flocks and bring back word to me." Genesis 37:14

Now I am sure Israel had noble intentions by sending Joseph, or maybe he wanted to check up on his sons, as Joseph had in the past sent back gossip about his brothers' wrong doings to his father. Whatever the reason, Israel sent Joseph to look for his brothers and the flocks and bring back word to Israel.

Now as it happened Joseph's brothers weren't where they were supposed to be. They were supposed to be at Shechem, but upon arrival Joseph didn't find them there. Instead a stranger told him that they had decided to rather go to Dothan. Joseph then set out after them and found them there.

And it was there at Dothan that Joseph walked into the lion's den. He had no idea what was waiting for him there. We will look at the detail next week, but let's just say his brothers weren't too keen on receiving him as they knew that Joseph would send a bad report back about them as they weren't where they were supposed to be.

We might all face Dothan situations in our lives. Some might be our own doing, but most of the time we walk innocently into a situation, only to find that we have walked into the lion's den. After all the Bible tells us that the devil walks around like a roaring lion looking for whom he may devour. He is prowling around regularly and given the chance he will pounce. In the natural a person without any armor will have no defense against a hungry lion in the wild. He won't stand a chance. But yet, when he has armor on, plus weapons his chances are better to fight back. But the best, basically full proof protection is if there is a sturdy electric fence between the man and the lion. Then the lion might be roaring and looking for prey, but the person would be safe.

We are often in very difficult situations. We find ourselves surrounded by trouble, whether it is relationships, sickness, financial difficulties, crime etc. We might innocently be in the wrong place at the wrong time, prey for the hungry lion. But when we have the armor of God on and the sword of the Word, we can fight back and know that we are protected. And when we walk in the shadow of the Almighty, so close to Him that we can feel His breath, when we take Holy Communion and anoint ourselves with the oil of His grace, then it is as if an electric fence is erected between us and the hungry lion. In the presence of the Almighty is our protection and we can know that He will work all things for our good (Romans 8:28).

"He who dwells  in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." Psalm 91:1, 2

Joseph stepped into the lion's den, and yes he was captured and taken away, but he wasn't killed and God was with him every step of the way, ensuring that His plan prospers and that Joseph be exalted in the end. We might also wait years to see the good outcome that God has ordained for us, but know that it is coming. He will most certainly allow all things to work together for your good. With God by our side, we have protection against the lions. We should just remain with Him, side by side, knowing that we are safe within His will for our lives.

Father thank you that You are our protection and fortress in the lion's den. If we walk close to You all things will work together for our good, we look forward to it and we trust in You. You know best. Amen

2 comments for “5. God's protection in the lion's den”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Monday, 11 October 2021 at 12:46:22 PM

    I have experienced His protection and how the angels of Ps 91 lifted me up in their hands!
    All glory to Him

  2. Gravatar of MariMari
    Posted Monday, 11 October 2021 at 6:42:31 PM

    Ek het hoe dikwels al belewe hoe God my beskerm het omdat ek beklee was met die wapenrusting. God is getrou!! Alle eer aan Hom!

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