4. Don’t be a Victim
Not being a victim goes hand in hand with everything mentioned before. If you will be thankful, encourage yourself and do what is right, then you can overcome the thoughts of being a victim.
Jacob said at the end of his long life (147 years), that his years were “few and evil” (Genesis 47:9). If you know the story, you know that Jacob was to blame for just about everything that happened to him. His own wrong choices put him in every bad situation he was in. He was a victim to his own stupidity, and he lived like a victim.
On the other hand, his son Joseph, when he was about only about 40 years old and had suffered many injustices said that everything was great. He said God was good and God had a plan (Genesis 45:5-8).
Joseph had even more reason to be negative than Jacob. Everything bad that happened in his life—and there was a whole lot of it—was caused by others. He really was a victim, but never allowed that to control his thinking.
Interestingly, many of Joseph’s problems started because of Jacob’s bad choices. Joseph suffered because of Jacob’s attitude of being a victim.
Genesis 45:8 “So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.”