Genesis 37 through chapter 39 & 1 Chronicles 2:3-6,8
Joseph is seventeen—remember those days? He is deeply loved by his father, but envied by his brothers. Then he brings a bad report about them…uh oh. Then his father makes him a richly ornamental robe…(now him and his brother were tending flocks—imagine that robe out in the sheep field) Now Joseph is having dreams—prophetic ones of his bowing down to him. Not a good situation in the best of families is it?
They plot to kill him, but soft-hearted Reuben steps in and tries to rescue him. It didn’t work…End result-they sold him as a slave to Midianite merchants and took his special robe to his father, stained with blood. Jacob declares he will go his grave mourning…Joseph is sold to Potiphar—one of Pharaoh’s officials.
Judah and Tamar----Oh my! What a story!
Now we fast forward..Joseph is in Egypt and “The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered”. There was in incident with Potiphar’s wife …Joseph takes a godly moral stance and literally flees from her advances. Watch out for a woman scorned! Potiphar’s throws Joseph in prison. Now I read somewhere that Potiphar really must have like Joseph or had some doubt to his wife’s story…because he easily could have had Joseph killed if he believed his wife’s story of attempted rape.
But again… “The Lord was with him: showed him kindness and granted him favor” and again “The Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did”
My friends, the Lord is with you! God is with you at home, in the shepherd’s field, in the well, in the slave caravan, in the master’s house, and in the dark grimy prison cell. Joseph could have become a bitter person…mad at God and the world for his circumstances…Remember you have the ‘loved’ one being sold as a slave and then lied upon and thrown into prison…What would you be like under those circumstances? Joseph however continued to accept where he was and continue to obey God…wherever he was at and whatever stage of life he was in…even a prison cell. The Word continues to repeat to us “The Lord was with him” I believe God wants us to know that!
Even when things aren't going the way it seems they should go—The Lord is with you!