Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Joseph knew what it meant to spend concentrated time alone in uncomfortable conditions. He’d been thrown into a pit by his own brothers, and later had languished in prison after being falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife.

Through these experiences, Joseph had an opportunity to think about his life. When he emerged from his final imprisonment, he was wiser and more mature-ready to lead Egypt.

It seems likely that these thoughts crossed his mind again after his brothers arrived in Egypt. He sentenced them to time in prison for a few days. Perhaps they, too, needed time to be alone…to think.

In prison, Joseph’s brothers must have done much talking and thinking. This becomes clear from their conversations after being released. They discussed their past, realizing that “truly we are guilty concerning our brother.” They remembered that Joseph had pleaded with them to spare him, and that his soul had been in distress. “Yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us” (v. 21).

The brothers who returned to Canaan continued in deep reflection after discovering that their bags were filled with grain and their money had been restored. Their experience in confinement had resulted in a significant transformation: Instead of remaining proud and defiant, they had become more humble and compliant.

God may cause you to spend time alone, with an opportunity to pray and seek His face. He may give you a chance to ponder His Word and think about your past, present, and future: your job…family…finances…ministry…hobbies…and habits.

Look for opportunities to quiet your heart and get alone with God. He is with you in every situation. Humble yourself before Him and listen to His voice. Let Him speak to you, guide you, teach you, and change you.