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Tears Come Before Joy
By Brian Price 5/31/2013

"17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:
18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron." - Psalms 105:17-18

Humility always comes before honor, and tears before joy. We read in Psalms 105 about Joseph. Joseph was the youngest of his brothers, and the favorite of his father because he was the son of his old age. The Bible says that his brothers could not speak peaceable to him, which means any time that they spoke to him, they spoke to him with contempt. Joseph was a young man who went through some very difficult times. He was betrayed by his own brothers and was sold as a slave into Egypt. While there, he was falsely accused, and was put in prison. But the story does not end there. The Bible says in Acts chapter 7, "...but God was with him, and delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house." Although it is true that Joseph went through some very difficult times, the fact remains that God was with him and exalted him to a position of great authority. The same feet which were hurt with fetters later walked on streets of gold.

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