Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Genesis 39:2 – 6

2 The LORD was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did,4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the LORD was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. 6 So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

 

Joseph was a slave and prosperous at the same time. God blessed Potiphar, his master, because of Him. This gave Joseph the freedom to take care of his duties without supervision for Potiphar knew he was trustworthy.

It is remarkable to think that prior to this time Joseph was the favorite son of the wealthy Jacob and was used to preferential treatment. His brothers had sold him into slavery out of jealousy and told their father he was dead. (Genesis 37) Now it would be easy to dwell in self-pity under such circumstances and to be crippled with fear after such trauma, but Joseph made the best he could out of whatever circumstance he was in. He worked hard to earn the favor of his master; he was wise enough not to fall into the snare of seduction of Potiphar’s wife. He didn’t dwell on the abuse and injustice he suffered from his brothers. He didn’t just sit in prison crying, “Oh woe is me!”, but he trusted God. God was with him. He didn’t know the end of the story as he was living through it. He just kept doing the next right thing on a daily basis and received God’s blessings for it.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we give you praise for your presence in our lives and for your Holy Word. Help us to always place our hope in your promises:

Romans 8:28 In all things God works for the good of those who love Him who have been called according to His purpose.

Isaiah 61:3 to provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

2 Timothy 1:7 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, (fearful) but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Lord, you are Holy, you are awesome, and your promises are true. All praise, glory, and honor unto you. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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