“The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did.” Genesis 39:2-3
Most of us have experienced the painful ramifications of betrayal. Perhaps we were falsely accused, deceived by a good friend, or abandoned by a loved one. In the well-known Bible narrative about Joseph, we learn that he was struck by betrayal more than once. It’s hard to say what the lowest point of Joseph’s life was: the betrayal of his brothers throwing him in the pit; dipping his robe in goat’s blood to deceive Jacob, their father, into thinking Joseph was mauled by an animal, being sold into slavery, or spending time in prison. The Bible story about Joseph is one of deep darkness and betrayal; yet we continue to see the invisible, benevolent and gracious hand of God in every passage, and God’s favor was upon Joseph at every stage.
Joseph recognized God’s presence and continued to serve and remain faithful even as a slave; no matter the cost. Joseph’s circumstances were probably worse than any of us have experienced, yet God did not abandon him. Fifteenth century Christian author Thomas a Kempis, stated, “Wait for the Lord. Behave yourself manfully and be of good courage. Do not be faithless, but stay in your place and do not turn back.”
Many times we do not understand why we are going through difficulties and we think our impact is insignificant if we are not in a position of authority. Even as a slave, Joseph trusted God and remained faithful and served diligently, showing Potiphar that God was real.
As followers of Christ, let us honor God by living by these same principles so that others can see the difference that Jesus makes in our lives, regardless of our worldly status. Let others be drawn to the glorious message of eternal hope and salvation through Jesus Christ because of our conduct.
Dear Lord, help me to be faithful to you and to rise to the extraordinary plans you for me so that I can serve you wholeheartedly, thank you for for giving me grace and wisdom to resist bitterness in the midst of insurmountable trials, and show me how to remain faithful and serve you fully so that you will be glorified. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
By Julie Lairsey
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