Gen. 45:8 “it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and hath made me a father to Pharaoh,” God used the sufferings of Joseph has an instrument of redemptive purpose. Joseph was sold for the price of twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmeelites (Gen.36:28). The real sad fact of the matter is that he was sold by his own brothers.
Joseph saw the grace of God at work through the things he suffered. He understood God had brought him to Egypt for the purpose of saving many lives (Gen.50:20). He kept his eyes on the will of God he found spiritual strength in the mist of his sufferings, through the discipline of his sufferings. Through the discipline of suffering God revealed his perfect will for Joseph. Joseph received the process of suffering and the Lord caused him to grow in power and understanding.
“All things work together for the good to them that love God” (Rom.8:28). It is in the power of God to redeem our sufferings to fulfill his eternal purpose. God’s purpose for them that love him is always good. We may work with God to allow him to bring forth the highest good out of our suffering, or we may choose to resist. If we receive the purpose of suffering, we will receive God’s purpose for our lives in showing forth his eternal glory in this present world.