Wednesday 30 December, 2015

Genesis 39:1-6a

39 Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. An Egyptian named Potiphar had bought him from the Ishmaelite traders who had taken him there. Potiphar was one of Pharaoh’s officials. He was the captain of the palace guard. 2 The Lord was with Joseph. He gave him great success. Joseph lived in Potiphar’s house. 3 Joseph’s master saw that the Lord was with him. He saw that the Lord made Joseph successful in everything he did. 4 So Potiphar was pleased with Joseph and made him his attendant. He put Joseph in charge of his house. He trusted Joseph to take care of everything he owned. 5 From that time on, the Lord blessed Potiphar’s family and servants because of Joseph. He blessed everything Potiphar had in his house and field. 6 So Joseph took good care of everything Potiphar owned. With Joseph in charge, Potiphar didn’t have to worry about anything except the food he ate.

At this part of Joseph’s story God blesses everything that Joseph puts his hand too and he has given him a position of power and influence. He even blesses Joseph’s foreign employer and all he owns. Such prosperity under Joseph’s leadership has meant that he has been given full responsibility of the household of the leader of a foreign nation.

How can this be? How can a man who has been maltreated and abused, who is a foreigner living in this country and who came into the land as a slave, now be in such a powerful position, in such a short time? God used incredible circumstances and Joseph’s God given gifts (dreams and the interpretation of them) to lift him to this position of power. For His (God’s) purposes and plans. Plans that He has for Joseph, his family and for the nation of Israel and Gods people.
The thing that speaks most to me is that Joseph, who has been so badly treated and who has been so thrust about in life, does not appear to define himself by the journey or his circumstances. Joseph is described as a faithful man who works hard and lives with integrity. He does not live out of malice or bitterness or revenge but out of love, kindness and forgiveness.

Joseph knows, without a doubt, that Gods favour & delight in him (Joseph) does not change. His circumstances change but not his God. He does not complain or blame but he is ready to be used by God. And it would appear that Joseph knows this and he is shaped by this. His integrity is not shifted. He is who he is. One of Gods people. A man in the line of Abraham. He is a foreigner but yet he seems at home in the land and at home in himself because he knows who he is in his God.

God, may I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I am loved by you, that you favour me and delight in me. That I am your child who has been bought with a great price. And may I live out of this knowledge. May I live as one ready to be used of you, whatever the circumstances, that your plans may come to fruition and that you would be Glorified.

Written by Zoe Stewart

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