Losing to Win

THERE are certain of the Bible characters which all earnest students of the Scriptures learn to love. One of these whose life work has been deemed to be quite worthy of emulating was named Joseph, a son of Israel. Jacob loved this son more than he did the others, no doubt for good and sufficient reasons, which were later to be made more and more manifest, as the natural unfoldment of Truth appeared to him. To indicate visibly his endearment to Joseph, Jacob made him, as the Bible tells us, "a coat of many colors." This mark of favor, together with the natural ability which Joseph displayed very early in youth to see beneath the material surface of things and find God and His perfect idea everywhere, seems to have enraged the carnal mind, just as it does to-day. This resulted in creating jealousy in the hearts of his brethren, which is indicated in more ways than one in the Bible narrative, but perhaps nowhere more graphically than in the thirty-seventh chapter of Genesis, where this very coat of many colors is taken to Jacob as an indication that evil had befallen his best loved son, a premeditated falsehood, as can be borne out by continued reading of this and succeeding chapters. Though Joseph was ever seeming to lose somewhat from the standpoint of men, he was always, nevertheless, making continuous and uninterrupted progress toward a better understanding of God, Truth, toward the final understanding of that which really is, and is all that there is.

This is fittingly illustrated in the lesson of his betrayal by his brethren, who quite unfeelingly sold him as a slave to the merchantmen who were passing by, hoping thereby to get rid of him. In this, mortal mind failed, just as it always does. Taken to Egypt, after having been reported as dead to Jacob, he was sold by the Midianites to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard. Here, we are informed, just as during all his many varied experiences, "the Lord was with Joseph." Was it not quite natural, then, that he should find grace in the eyes of Potiphar? He it was that "made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand." It must be plainly evident to any reader of the Bible that Joseph prospered wherever he went or in whatever he undertook to do, and that, too, in spite of what seemed to be serfdom, divers temptations, which one who was less spiritually imbued might have listened to, and of the enforced imprisonment which he underwent because of unjust accusation. Throughout all these, Joseph remained loyal and steadfast to his highest understanding of God, divine Principle, caring nothing whatever about what men were saying. He refused to be deceived by the lusts of the flesh, the destructive and illusory devices of the carnal or mortal mind. Losing sight, as it were, of these, putting them behind, where they rightfully belong, he gained every step of the way. No material circumstance or condition could in the least interfere with or retard his continuous advance, nor can any one be hindered or hampered in his efforts to attain more Godliness so long as he obeys God's commandments and has but the one infinite God, Spirit.

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