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God is faithful if we do the right thing

Updated on January 12, 2016
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Mary's articles are inspired by her hobbies and love for the Lord. She loves writing, art, photography, crafting, and being a grandmother.

Joseph son of Jacob

My life and Joseph's - similar in many ways

As a youngster, Joseph son of Jacob of the Bible, was overconfident and favored by his father. He was second to the youngest of 12 brothers. His natural self assurance, increased by being his fathers favorite son was unbearable to his 10 older brothers. So goes the story in the book of Genesis.

When I was younger I could certainly relate to Joseph and some of the things he endured in his lifetime. I, like Joseph was my Dad's first child and favorite in the family. As a young girl I remember running to my dads arms when I was in trouble, and my dad would make it all better. As a young adult I realize this scared me for life, because of this It was difficult to deal with situations later in life. I was not held accountable or responsible for my actions. This is a very harmful way to raise a child. But through some very hard knocks and bad decisions, I finally started taking responsibility, and was able to learn to deal with disappointments, hurts and pain, but it was only by the Grace of God, and my faith in Jesus that I am able to do so.

As I mentioned in Joseph's life he was unbearable to his ten older brothers, I am sure I was also to my brothers and sisters, always getting my dad's favor as a child. In Joseph's story his brothers all conspired to kill him and then eventually decided to just sell him off as a slave to the Egyptians. Thank goodness my family didn't do this - but I am sure they thought about it. Joseph's self assurance, molded by pain and combined with a personal knowledge of God allowed him to survive and prosper where most would have failed. God never let him go.

As I grew up and then married - I also experienced a lot of pain and hard times in my first marriage, but I also knew God was with me and he would turn a bad situation into a good one. Joseph was betrayed by his family, I feel that at times too, maybe not in the same way as Joseph, and it may have been in my own mind. He was punished for doing the right thing - I felt that during my marriage I was doing the right thing by staying with my husband and trying to make my marriage work. I did not want my children to grow up with a separated father and mother. I endured living with a man who I loved at first during the beginning of our marriage, then that love and respect faded by actions on both our parts. It was very tough the last few years after my daughter left the nest. She was the last one to leave, and once that happened God began to place a strong urge for me to leave - it was time.

I cannot tell you the pain and sorrow and hurt I felt the day that I began to pack my things and take my beautiful photographs of my family off the walls. I cried so hard during this time - 26 years of marriage, I had some wonderful memories and three amazing children, but it was time for me to move on in life. My ex-husband knew it too.

We have to trust God and he will get us through our struggles

Joseph endured a long imprisonment and was forgotten by those he helped and loved. Joseph's positive response transformed each set back into a step forward. He didn't spend much time asking why - his approach to things was "what shall I do now". I remember that last night I spent in my home of 26 years, praying to God and asking that same question "what shall I do now". Since then wherever I go and whatever I do, God is with me. I thank him for helping me through that very tough time in my life and so many others. He has sent me another wonderful man to love and my life has changed so much for the good. God is faithful because I didn't give up when I wanted to years ago, even in the hardest of times. I am not saying my life is perfect now because believe me it is not, it is just easier to get through the tough times when God has so proven to be there for me each and every time. He gives me the strength and abilities I never knew I had.

The other thing we both did was "forgive". Joseph forgave his brothers for what they did to him and God elevated him to a high position in Egypt where he ultimately saved the land from a famine. After I moved on to the second season of my life, I also forgave my ex-husband and prayed blessings over him. God took a situation that was "bad" for both of us and turned it around for the good.

When we do the right thing no matter how it feels, this warms the heart of God and he will bless us beyond measure. So if you are facing setbacks, your attitude should be to acknowledge God and that he is with you. There is nothing like the present to shed new light on a dark situation. Because nothing is impossible with God!

God is with us

Movie about Joseph

© 2010 Mary Gaines


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    • realtalk247 profile image


      5 years ago

      That's a wonderful thought to hold onto but it get difficult sometimes. The rain falls on the just and un-just as well. Sometimes you have to have faith that being a good person, doing the right thing, volunteering, being kind to others is the fulfilling reward void of return. Strength.

    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      8 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hello Brent and thank you for commenting. I do not believe you understand my situation at all. I did not leave my husband because I felt good about doing that..... I believe in marriage and that is why I stayed with my ex-husband for over 26 years. We both tried many things that failed. I am not going to go into detail. Your comment is uncalled for when you state that I am leading women to not do the will of God, on the contrary my friend. That is the reason for this hub, forgiveness...... All I was doing in my hub was stating how God can turn a bad situation into good....because he did it in my situation. I am now even better friends with my ex-husband. I for one am doing the will of God every day, and just because divorce was in my life doesn't mean God and my ex-husband haven't forgiven me, they have. So you have no right to make such statements.....especially when you do not know all the facts that led to my divorce.

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      8 years ago

      How can you say that you are faithful to God? God does not contradict himself, and would NEVER lead you to leave your spouse.

      Unless your husband cheated on you, you had no Biblical basis for leaving. The heart is NEVER meant to be followed, but LED. God does not guide us into sin. The bible is very clear on its position of marriage.

      Many Christians in today's world do not respect God's view of marriage because as He said during His time here, we are selfish.

      God will never command you to leave your spouse, but to forgive, forget, and reconcile. Satan's hold on even the church has me sickened these days.

      If you don't like your husband, then there is hardness in your heart. If you do not love him, deep down it means you don't feel like he deserves your love. And if you don't feel like he deserves your love, my question is "Who are you to determine who is worthy?"

      His word is clear that He is the supreme judge and it is not for us to decide who is worthy. I do not judge you for the decisions you have made, and I'm sure that my human half would probably agree with your decisions to leave. But I am not God. His rules and His laws are the ones that should drive our decisions.

      Love is a choice. It is a commitment. We like to believe in compatibility, but true compatibility is any two things that are willing to work together. If you are not willing to work together with your spouse, then you should check the conditions of your heart.

      Regardless, you should not be leading other Christian women, who desire to do the will of The Lord, into a sin that you committed simply because you felt good about it. I know of people who feel good about doing Cocaine, do you feel that God has led them into doing Cocaine?

    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      10 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Hi Dave, you are so right hard times help us build endurance and build character by the power of the Holy Spirit - thanks for reading - blessings!

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      Dave Mathews 

      10 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      The hard times we face and endure and find our way through with the help of God's Holy Spirit help to make us stronger and draw us closer to our heavenly Father.

    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      10 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      Thank you Manoj sharma for reading my hub and comments, you are correct God is with us! Cheers!

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      Manoj sharma 

      10 years ago

      it's right we can not see god but we can feal of him.

    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      11 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      @ladyjane1 - so this one sneeked up on you....I appreciate you reading and your comments as always they do mean a lot to me.....blessings!

    • ladyjane1 profile image


      11 years ago from Texas

      I thought I had read all of your hubs and I don't know how I missed this one. Was really good. Great job as always Cheers.

    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      11 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington


      You are so kind for these comments! My journey with God continues and I am so enjoying each and every day. Blessings

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      11 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this powerful journey and relevance of your own personal life and marriage with God and Joseph. Very powerful and full of personal experience rather than nonsensical parodies. God is love and life and your story replicates that.

    • rose56 profile image


      11 years ago

      Good hub.

    • Whidbeywriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Gaines 

      11 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      That is very cool and I believe it because God's timing is so perfect. Yes I am very grateful to HIM for everything he's done in my life and my childrens lives. Thank you so much for your comments. God Bless

    • heart4theword profile image


      11 years ago from hub

      Maybe you will believe this? Just as I stared to play this video, the first words appeared God With the same time my ipod player was playing "Emanuel, Our God is With Us" Michael Card. I had to smile, God's timing is so perfect:) I didn't even know, as your song on your video went on, that is was going to say Emanuel, God with Us:)too! Awesome:)

      So glad God brought you through, those hard times. He hears our hearts, especially when they are in the depths of despair:) Great HubPage!


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