eople his age often take with them to college their untested but accepted faith in Jesus. They begin to doubt and, not a few, to lose their faith, when hearing nothing more than the baseless mongerings of humanistic skeptics. But Joseph, son of Jacob, flexed his faith in God when, at age 17, he found himself in a foreign country, deprived of all that he had known and accepted as the basis of belief in God.
WWII dragged into secularism and materialism, with accompanying loss of faith in God and Christ, many of its generation. (How can they be the “greatest generation” when they lost much of their faith in the Living God and his Son Jesus Christ? Indeed, while overcoming the perils of Germany’s dictatorship and Japan’s ancestor worship, they returned to America shorn of the “horns” of powerful faith.)
While Joseph, deprived at 17 of the parental encouragement so crucial to sound decisions, spent 13 years more enduring undeserved, unavoidable and inescapable captivity. With no answers coming from God, no spiritual tutors forging strong religious convictions in his mind, and no fellowship with other believers bolstering his faith.
And while Joseph, with far less inspiration—not even Mosaic instruction—not only remained faithful to God; and not only resisted the “whatever makes your life more comfortable” morality, but increased in his spiritual witness to become second in power only to Pharaoh.
End Part IV