Thursday 8 August, 2019

Genesis 39:1-6a

39 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. 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. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,

These verses paint a pretty impressive picture of Joseph. They tell us that after being bought as a slave he prospered, was successful in everything he did, and then after promotion continued to run his master’s household successfully. And to top it all off, were told he’s well built and handsome!

It would have been easy for Potiphar to attribute Joseph’s successes to Joseph himself…his intellect, his charm and his stature. But he doesn’t. Potiphar “…saw that the Lord was with him (Joseph) and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did…” Gen 39:3. Potiphar recognised that God was with Joseph and he saw what God’s blessings were achieving in Joseph’s life. He could see the difference that it made to have God on his side, working for him. He trusted in God’s blessings, through Joseph, so completely that he only thought about his next meal!

I wonder if I trust in God’s blessings as much as Potiphar did? Do I expect to walk in God’s goodness every day? Am I deliberately looking for God’s blessings? And if I am trusting that God will bless me then am I “not concerning myself with anything”? ie. not worrying.

Dear God, thank you for all of the ways you have blessed me this week and open my eyes to see your blessings today especially Lord. Remind me in a tangible way that you are trustworthy and faithful and therefore I don’t need to worry or be concerned. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. Amen

Written by Jocelyn Petschack

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