We throw away trash and things we don’t want. Some people have a problem throwing things away. That creates new issues and for some reason, our culture enjoys the problems of others, so there’s a medical issue and television devoted to “not being able to throw things away”. The Bible tells us to throw away harmful and sinful things. Matthew talks about if a part of our body causes trouble, we should cut it off and throw it away. Old Testament repeats “throw away useless idols and idols made by man”. People of that time wanted something to hold on to, they didn’t practice faith in an unseen God.
Joseph was thrown away by his own family. His brothers were jealous and hated Joseph because he was favored with God and his dad. The brother’s hatred was so strong, they plotted against him and sold him into slavery. We have families every day that fall apart. Fathers may leave, siblings split up and grow up with different families. We are immune to separations and divorce, but what about the heart. The heart is not so much immune. Our mind can tell the heart it is ok and all is well, but the heart cannot heal by itself. Joseph’s heart was healed by God because he believed God had a plan for his life and he held on to the promises of God. As God healed his heart, He also prepared him for greater work. “So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there” (Genesis 39:22).
You may think you are thrown away, feel like no one loves or cares for you. You are not alone. The way to survive this feeling or reality is to trust God and hold His promises in your heart.