Jacob knew his son, his favorite son, Joseph, was gone, apparently dead. The sons of Jacob knew more. They knew Joseph was not dead. He was, however, as good as dead. They had sold him into slavery.
But nobody knew about ‘meanwhile.’“Meanwhile the Midianites had sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard” (Genesis 37:36). When you read the word ‘meanwhile,’ it might be a clue God is up to something. Meanwhile describes something happening at the same time in another place. Meanwhile means the story isn’t over. Meanwhile is the habitation of God, a place where God is at work.
We draw conclusions and make decisions based on all we know, but all we know does not mean we know all. God may be up to something good in the meanwhile.
Jacob’s sons sold their brother Joseph to the Midianites. Joseph would become a slave, then a prisoner, then the prime minister, second in command beside Pharaoh over the land of Egypt and would save the people of Egypt, and of Israel, from famine. Joseph explained ‘meanwhile’ to his brothers, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today”
Meanwhile is Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Sovereign God, You not only know the future, You make the future. You are good and all that You do is good. I trust in You, not because I know Your plans (I usually don’t), but because I know You, and You are good.
You are the Potter and I am the clay. As You mold me, Your wisdom and beauty is on display. Father, may I not resist, but rather surrender to Your hands and trust in Your skill.