GOD IS IN CONTROL(Questions 27-28)
By His power God controls all things so that nothing comes by chance but by His Fatherly hand.
28. How does this help us to know that God is in control?
The first story is that of Joseph. You will probably remember that Joseph was the great-grandson of Abraham, and the grandson of Issac. Joseph's father was Issac's son Jacob. We pick up the story of Joseph when he is seventeen years old and working in the fields with his brothers.
Joseph who is the second youngest of the family, has visions of greatness that makes him an enemy of his brothers. Because they feel not only their father Jacob but also their Father God has shown favor to Joseph, the older brothers begin to devise a wicked plan.
The brothers in jealousy do the most hideous crime. They sell their brother into slavery and tell their father Jacob that Joseph has been killed. Now at this point you might wonder why God is allowing his special children Jacob and Joseph to go through such a trial. But as the catechism points out that even in trials God is in control and nothing happens apart from His Fatherly hand and providence.
We will skip ahead in our story to many years later. After Joseph was sold as a slave, he ended up in the palace of the Pharoah, or the King of Egypt. The King was having bad dreams and only Joseph could tell him what the dreams meant. He warned the King that a mighty famine was coming and told Pharoah to begin saving up food or his people would starve. Because Joseph was so wise and saved the people of Egypt, Pharoah promoted Joseph to Governor. It is here that we pick up the story and begin to see how God had everything worked out for the good of Joseph.
Because of the famine that had struck the land, Joseph's brothers are forced to go to Egypt to seek food. And guess who the Governor is who is in charge of their area? That's right-Joseph. The brothers dont recognize Joseph but he recognizes them. He begins to test them and decides to make them bring his youngest brother Benjamin back to Egypt. Let's see what happens next...