A Hole of Dark Magnitude

Holes are everywhere, of every kind of shape, size, depth, place, purpose and color. The need for a hole is up to every individual whether that individual be human, animal, insect, bacteria, nature or whatever. But just as the preacher in Ecclesiastes said, “Everything has a reason.” Ecclesiastes 3:1. And every hole seems to have a purpose when it is made and the purpose may change with the passage of time and this may very well depend upon the creature who passes by and has a sudden need for a hole. Such is the case concerning the brothers of Joseph who found themselves deep in a bowl of jealousy and they had to rid themselves of the reason for their jealousy. The name of the jealousy was Joseph whom they called ‘The Dreamer.’

“They said to one another, “Here comes that dreamer! 20 Come on, let’s kill him and throw him into one of the pits. We can say that a vicious animal ate him. Then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams!” 21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to save him from them. He said, “Let’s not take his life.” 22 Reuben also said to them, “Don’t shed blood. Throw him into this pit in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him”—intending to rescue him from their hands and return him to his father. 23 When Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped off his robe, the robe of many colors that he had on. 24 Then they took him and threw him into the pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.” Genesis 37:24.

Jealousy can sometimes, as in this story, become hatred with intent to kill, but Reuben was not in favor of such drastic measures and insisted another avenue of disposing of their brother. The story moves quickly to a momentary end which really was the beginning of a very powerful and life-changing event for everyone, including the caravan of traders which took Joseph to Egypt.

However, let us stop for a moment and consider the place in which Joseph found himself and some of us might find our circumstances of life to be. This ‘Dreamer’ found himself in a deep hole, not of his making, but one of circumstance. And the only way out was up. Joseph’s dilemma was an exceptional one for the moment, but up was his only way of escape. His means of escape had to be not of his making, but as is noted in the tale, God does intervene. God was his only route of escape from a very, very dismal and dark situation.

The hole was most likely put in this place in the wilderness by someone desperately looking for water, a well. Obviously, no water was now present and darkness filled the void. We have no idea how big or how deep the hole was, but it was an enormous problem for Joseph. And most of us have been in those kinds of situations whereby our reasoning tells us that the moment is seemingly hopeless because without tools in hand helplessness surrounds the darkness.

Seeking God in Times of Trouble

The Bible does not tell us of what goes on in the thinking of Joseph nor what he was conspiring to do. With the information we do have our speculation could be most anything. But, let us return to us, to you. What have we done, what have you done when difficulties have encompassed our present moments? If we know God, if you know Him, what did we do, what did you do, and I ask myself to recall what I have done. We should ask God. Did we? Do we plead for His comfort, guidance and assistance? Are we not instructed in Scripture to seek HIm in time of trouble?

“Lord, I turn to You. 2 My God, I trust in You. Do not let me be disgraced; do not let my enemies gloat over me. 3 No one who waits for You will be disgraced; those who act treacherously without cause will be disgraced. 4 Make Your ways known to me, Lord;teach me Your paths. 5 Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; wait for You all day long.” Psalm 25:1-5.

Take a moment to discover how God will help you find a way out of your hole:

  1. Trust in Him completely
  2. Allow Him to free you from the intent of your enemy.
  3. God will have His justice applied to them.
  4. Tell Him of your present situation.
  5. Allow Him to instruct your path.
  6. Receive His instruction.
  7. His instruction is always true.
  8. He is your salvation at every turn.
  9. Be patient.

This Psalm is enough to give you and me help in any kind of trouble because we belong to Him. We have trusted Him for our eternity, and this is a Big Thing. In the smaller things of life Jesus is more than able to secure our present.

Jesus is Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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