Sermon outline: This is an abbreviated outline with the complete sermon downloadable at the bottom of the post.
Text: Genesis 50:20
Title: Nobody Asked Me!
Introduction: What we face in life is out of our control. Who we face it with is not.
Joseph’s family could be called a functioning, dysfunctional family.
I. Joseph’s Parents—not your first choice
A. His father—Jacob
B. His mother—Rachel
II. Joseph’s Siblings
B. Other brothers
III. Other Relatives
A. His uncle, Esau
B. His grandfather, Laban
IV. Concluding Thoughts
A. Circumstances are God’s means of conforming us, and Satan’s means of destroying us. It all depends on who you are allowing to use them.
B. Trusting God with our circumstances means that there are no “yeah-buts.”
C. Trusting God with our circumstances removes us from God’s throne.
Conclusion: Instead of continually asking, “What in the world is happening to me!” Joseph understood an essential truth—that God, not Joseph, was in control.
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
Joseph was about to enter the refiner’s fire. But through it all, he would come forth as pure gold.