When God tests our faith it feels like the floor dropped out from under our feet. The purpose is to spur us on to deeper trust in His character and promises.
Joseph had disappearing floor moments in his life. As a result of being his father’s favorite – he was dropped into a well (originally for the purpose of holding him until his brothers could kill him), but ultimately was sold into slavery and taken to Egypt (disappearing floor). His brothers informed Jacob that his favorite son was dead (evidence being the blood stained robe of Joseph).
In Egypt he was placed in charge of Potiphar’s household. He may have thought that things were turning around. Unfortunately for him, Potiphar’s wife desired him sexually enough to repeatedly attempt to seduce him. Joseph chose to honor God and ran from the home without his garment. Long story short – Joseph ends up in jail because he spurned the advances of his owner’s wife (disappearing floor). While imprisoned, Joseph is placed in charge of his fellow prisoners. It seems as though things may be turning around, though it is difficult to make such a conclusion since he is still in jail.
In jail he met the cup-bearer of Pharaoh. After interpreting the dream of the cup-bearer, Joseph may have thought this would lead to his freedom. Unfortunately, the cup-bearer didn’t say anything to Pharaoh and Joseph stayed in prison (disappearing floor). It was not until Pharaoh had troubling dreams that the cup-bearer remembered Joseph.
Joseph went from being the favored son to being an incarcerated slave in Pharaoh’s prison. He did not see his father for years. Jacob endured sorrow for all those years until he learned from his sons that Joseph was ruling in Egypt. What a series of events in the life of Joseph. I am sure that there were moments that he cried out to God in desperation. Yet, as far as we know, God did not explain why everything was happening as it was. Joseph later declared that God had brought him to Egypt for the purpose of preserving the nation of Israel, and ultimately – Judah. It was not even about Joseph – it was to preserve the Messianic line.
It is hard for believers to experience trials with their accompanying pain and sorrow. The thought that God will cause it all to work together for good in the lives of His people is the promise of hope that we have (Rom. 8:28-29). Yet, it is still extremely hard to have the floor disappear from under your feet. Being conformed to the image of Christ can be a painful experience (2 Cor. 1:3-7; Jas. 1:2-4). It is difficult to, “Consider it all joy…when you encounter various trials” (Jas. 1:2). It is difficult to, “In everything give thanks” (1 Th. 5:18). Since trials bring us to the end of ourselves, what do we do? All we have left is to cry out to God for His help, for His strength, for His deliverance, and for His peace. God is using all of our trials for His glory and our spiritual good (2 Cor. 4:7-12).
So, if you are a child of God through faith in the atoning work of Christ, do not be surprised when the floor disappears from under your feet. But, know that the God of all creation is in control of it all. Trust Him – specifically, His character and His promises.