The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered… (Genesis 39:2).
This idea is repeated throughout Joseph’s life:
- the Lord gave him success in everything he did (v. 3)
- the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph (v. 5)
- the Lord was with him; He showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the warden (v. 21)
- the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did (v. 23)
For 11 years as a slave in Potiphar’s house and 2 years as a prisoner in jail, God not only blessed Joseph but He also blessed those around Joseph because of Joseph.
This wouldn’t have happened if Joseph had been bitter over his situation.
He didn’t demonstrate a bad attitude, but an outstanding work ethic.
He didn’t look for opportunities to subvert and scheme, but he submitted and served.
These principles are echoed in the New Testament as well:
- Let your light shine before men so that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16)
- Slaves, obey your masters with respect (Ephesians 6:5)
- Work well whether your boss is watching you or not (Colossians 3:22-23)
- Whatever you do, do it for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31)
- Live such good lives that others may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us (1 Peter 2:12-20)
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This attitude is one that receives both God’s blessing and man’s favor. When we steward this blessing and favor well, we bring even more glory to God!
Whether as a slave, a prisoner, or a prime minister, God blessed Joseph and He blessed those around Joseph because of Joseph’s attitude. Can the same be said of our lives?
November 6, 2020 at 1:53 pm
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