It’s funny how no matter how many times you read something in the Bible you can always learn something new.  There may be a detail you missed, something you didn’t realise, or a fresh revelation from the Holy Spirit.

In reading Joseph’s story I suddenly wonder if prison was ever part of God’s plan.  Perhaps God intended to take him from Potiphar’s house straight to the palace.  Potiphar was the captain of Pharaoh’s guard (Genesis 39:1) so I expect would have had direct access to him.  Therefore, come the time for Pharaoh’s dream, if Potiphar (or someone in his house) had already had a dream Joseph interpreted, perhaps it could have been Potiphar to introduce Joseph to Pharaoh rather than the butler.  Then the rest, as they say, is history.

It seems a very plausible alternative.  True?  I don’t know.  But one thing is for sure; either way Joseph made it to the palace.  In our lives it may seem that the enemy has derailed us from God’s purposes but be confident of this: God can turn around any situation.  Whether or not it was part of God’s plan, Joseph found himself in prison.  A far cry from his dreams of greatness in Genesis 37.  Yet his present situation did not determine his future.  God turned his situation around and he became the second most powerful in all of Egypt (Genesis 41:40).

Do not allow your current circumstances to dictate how far you think you can go.  However things may look now, if God has a plan and purpose for your life (and He surely does), He can turn around any situation to cause His perfect plan to come to pass.