‘When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes.’ Genesis 37:29
How desperate Joseph must have been when he had been thrown into the cistern by his brothers. He surely will have thought, ‘They will leave me in this cistern till I die.’ And frankly, his brothers did intend to kill Joseph. Only Rueben wanted to rescue him, but Joseph did not know this.
Did Joseph abandon all hope? He was very frightened, but in his fear he called out to God. ‘Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice.’ Something like this Joseph must have prayed, and God listened to Joseph.
It was not God’s plan that Joseph would die miserably in the cistern, God had a very different plan for him. The Ishmaelites came and the brothers sold Joseph to these merchants. That was no joyful release for Joseph, for the plight of a slave was miserable, then as now. But it all fitted in the plan of God Who has all events in His Hand. God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9). Our dreams are still so little inspired by Him, because our realm of thought is not dedicated to Him.
After his beautiful dreams - in which Joseph dreamed that his father, mother, and brothers bowed down before him - Joseph may have wondered, ‘Will those dreams come true?’ After all, that was also father Israel's burning question (Genesis 37:10). But Josephs dreams came true. The brothers did kneel before Joseph. But when they were kneeling, Joseph - then governor of Egypt - did not look down on them conceitedly. He had willingly allowed himself to be molded in the hands of his great God. Are we willing to be molded like this in God's hands?