Jacob & Joseph: That’s Not Fair!

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Read: Genesis 41

Life isn’t always fair. Bad things happen to everyone. Life wasn’t fair to Joseph.

He is thrown into a pit, sold as a slave, unfairly put into prison and forgotten.

Every place Joseph is placed he does the right thing, yet things continually get worse instead of better.

Have you ever felt like things just weren’t fair? Life is getting worse, even when you do and say the right things?

One of the great themes from the story of Joseph is our scripture for the month – “God turned into good what you meant for evil…” (Genesis 50:20).

Thousands of years later, the Apostle Paul wrote “And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).

On December 7, 1941, one of the worst attacks on American soil took place –

Pearl Harbor. 16 naval boats were damaged or destroyed, 188 airplanes were destroyed, 1,178 people were hurt and 2,403 people were killed. It was not a good day.

Yet a lot of historians point to the attack on Pearl Harbor as a turning point in World War II. To that point, America had remained as bystanders. The attack by Japan forced us into the war.

The attack was bad, and things actually got worse for America. Yet eventually, it turned to the good for us – even propelling America into the position of the most powerful country in the world.

Like Joseph as a slave and in prison, I’m sure many men and women asked God why He allowed the attack on Pearl Harbor. Also like Joseph, it took them years to see any good come out of that evil day. The great news? Good did eventually come!

No matter what is happening in your life right now, remember that God can turn it to good. Make sure to continue to love Him and follow His commands!

Questions: What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you? Why? Has anything good come from that? What? How does that help you trust God with the bad things that happen to you now?

Parents: As a family, you may be walking through difficult circumstances right now. Talk about what the good might look like in the future – near and far. You may be doing great as a family – do you know someone who isn’t? Spend a few minutes praying for them.


Continue to memorize on our verse for the month. “God turned into good what you meant for evil…so that I could save the lives of many people.” -Genesis 50:20


One of the men Joseph helped was the royal baker. Bake one of your favorite items. As you wait for the final product in the over, talk about how long Joseph had to wait (10+ years) to see his dream come true.

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