His feet were hurt with fetters; his neck was put in a collar of iron. Psalm 105:18
Joseph had been in a pit before, and now he was there again, only this time it was worse. He sank to the lowest point of his life. His neck was wrapped in a collar of iron.
What has been your lowest point? God was blessing you and then in some way you were cut down. You were working hard, and false things were said about you by those who you thought were your friends. God blessed you, and then what He had given was taken away. Suddenly, you found yourself in a place of great darkness and hurt.
This story speaks into our lives because we all know the pain of loss—loss in our careers, a sudden loss of health, or the loss of a loved one.
The Bible does not report how Joseph felt. Did you notice that? When the Bible narrates, “Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison,” you would expect to find complaints from Joseph asking, “Why did you allow this to happen?” “When will there be justice on earth?” “What are you doing in my life?”
The Psalms are full of that kind of thing—expressions of human pain over false accusation, injustice, and loss. No doubt Joseph felt gutted, for his loss was great, and he must have had many questions. But God passes over what Joseph felt because He wants to direct our attention to something else: how Joseph got through it.
If you get lost in the pain, it is easy to lose sight of how to get through it. How did Joseph survive? How did he keep walking with God through all his pain, sorrow, and loss?
Are you at a low point? Are you wondering how you’re going to get through it?