In the thirty-seventh chapter of the first book of the Bible is the beginning of a narrative which continues to the end of Genesis. Underneath this narrative there lies a lesson which shows clearly with what loving and tender watchfulness our heavenly Father protects us and directs our footsteps, lest any child should dash his foot "against a stone."

The central figure in this story is a youth whose name was Joseph, and the story relates how he was sold into captivity to the Egyptians by brothers of his own family, because of their jealousy. The brothers first conspired to kill him, but instead sold him for twenty pieces of silver. The youth's environment in the new land and subsequent happenings are told, and if we imagine ourselves personally subjected to similar experiences, we can realize to what a great degree this boy's faith and trust in the wisdom and justice of the Supreme Ruler were tried. Only in rare cases are we tested to such an extent, yet a great many people today question the justice of our Father for far less reason than Joseph might have had.

October 28, 1916

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