Everyone knows that guy. The guy who it seems life just goes against. So far, in Joseph’s life, he is the definition of that guy. That pattern is only strengthened in our passage today.
If you recall, Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers. He gets bought by an officer of Pharaoh, Potiphar. By God’s grace, he found favor in this new position. But yesterday we saw that Potiphar’s wife falsely accused Joseph of trying to initiate a romantic relationship with her. Because of this, he is thrown in prison for something he didn’t commit.
If you were to read this account with no other information, you would think that Joseph was someone who God had completely forgotten. Think about it: he was sold into slavery, falsely accused of making a romantic gesture, thrown into prison, and (according to our passage today) was forgotten by fellow inmates after he correctly predicted what would happen to them. Does that make anyone else feel a little less sorry for themselves? But notice what our passage says:
21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love…
That’s not necessarily intuitive based on the list of things that have gone against Joseph so far in his life.
But there in lies the beauty of who God is. The lie is that it is so easy for us to believe that we are alone in the messes of life. The truth is that God is with us just as much in seasons of hardship as in seasons of ease. Be encouraged today, that in Christ, we are shown the same steadfast love that was shown to Joseph.
- Throughout your life, how have you wrestled with difficult seasons?
- Is your first reaction to feel sorry for yourself, or remember that God is still present even in the mess?
By: Graham Withers