Do you ever marvel at God’s amazing providence? That even in the midst of the storm, His hand guides you?
Joseph was a mighty man of God, set apart for the Master’s service. He was envied by his brothers because of the favor he was shown. Being filled with jealousy, Joseph’s brothers sold him to the Ishmaelites to be a slave. In turn, they sold him to Potiphar, an Egyptian ruler. From the day Joseph was born, he was shown special favor because He was the child of Jacob’s main love, Rachel. Being barren for many years, the Lord opened her womb and Joseph was born. Joseph is now an Egyptian slave, and many of us would think this is a raw deal. Let’s look at what the Bible says about this raw deal.
Genesis 39:2-4 says"The Lord was with Joseph and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority."
Joseph, a slave, was shown favor by God and in turn was shown favor by Potiphar. Even in your circumstance God can work. You might be a slave to your trials, but God can prosper and bless you where you are. After Joseph was made overseer, he was framed by a rejected adulteress, and thus Joseph was thrown into prison. (Another turn in the life of Joseph.) God blessed him when he was at home with his father. God blessed him as a slave, and now he is thrown in prison.
Genesis 39:21says, "But the Lord was with and showed him mercy, and he gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison."
God now shows him favor in prison. The lesson I want us to learn is that all of us will go through hard times. There are two things we can do in trials: 1) Roll with the punches and take things in stride allowing God to work His mighty hand and bless us or 2) Become a slave or prisoner to our trials.
Joseph chose to fulfill the Scripture, "All things work together for the good to them that Love God, to them which are called according to His purpose." Joseph gave his all to God no matter what came his way.
One thing I noticed in the first text was that Joseph found favor in Potiphar’s sight and served Potiphar. In your circumstance and trial, you must hold your head up and serve God to the fullest, not allowing the trial to bring you down. God has a plan for you, and He brings you through these things to fulfill a much greater plan than the now. Think of what happens in the end. Joseph is exalted to second in the kingdom and has charge over the rationing of all the food. He was there to distribute it to Israel when the time came. Joseph told his brothers, "God sent me before you to preserve a remnant for you in the earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance."
Had Joseph not gone through all of the trials, Israel would have starved to death. Do not think of what you are going through today but to where God might be taking you. You might be the next Joseph to save a generation of God’s people. Stand strong, hold your head up high and God will fulfill His purpose in you. You are important to God.