We have mentioned it before, but it is worth noting again how God gives a promise, but then comes the reversal before finally the fulfillment. I have observed God’s normal way of working is to make us dissatisfied with where we are before He opens another door. It makes sense, because few would walk through a new door if they were totally satisfied with where they were. However, after the open door comes the reversal.
Joseph was given a promise about how the sun and moon and eleven stars would bow down at his feet. After the promise came a stripping, a deep pit, being sold as a slave, false accusations, and prison, every one of which worked together to make him the type of person who could handle the fulfillment. One day from his throne he looked out to see his eleven brothers bowing, and guess what? He could handle it, for his deep trials had made him a man of grace and mercy. Without the pit-to-prison preparation, the throne would have been a curse and his undoing. As it was, the throne became a place of salvation.
I will keep repeating myself until others can finish my sentence. One “praise God” before we understand His workings is worth a thousand “praise God’s” later when the trials are over.