”The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field.” [Genesis 39:2-5]
The beginning of the story of Joseph is primetime for VBS coloring activities. Jacob, Joseph’s dad, gives him this coat of many colors because he is the favorite son. As a whole, I didn’t really know what Joseph’s life was about, but I knew I got to color an awesome robe full of whatever colors I wanted, and as a kid it doesn’t get much better than that! The story continues from there and Joseph’s brothers go on to sell him into slavery because they are jealous of him. Joseph ends up in Egypt, where he ends up second in power right under Pharaoh. In the end, he ends up saving Egypt, along with his family, from a massive famine. He restores relationship with his family and ends up living a good, long life of 110 years. Great story right? Yupp.
But what is God actually trying to show us about his character through this? What does he expect of us?
GOD IS FAITHFUL.
In the same way that God was faithful to Joseph, even when he was in slavery, God is faithful to you. He is consistent no matter what. He is consistent despite what your world looks like or what you feel. He is 100% true and reliable all the time.
GOD IS WORKING THINGS FOR GOOD.
Genesis 50:20 says, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” We live in a broken world, but God has, currently, and always will work for your good. Take hope in that now if you need to. Pray that you would be reminded of that the next time you begin to ask the question “why?”.
YOUR JOB IS TO BE OBEDIENT.
I’m sure there were times when Joseph asked that question. But he was faithful and obedient with where God had him. He said “no” to the things that weren’t of God and “yes” to the things that were. He took advantages of the opportunities afforded him. In the same way God was faithful to Joseph, Joseph was faithful to God. Joseph was faithful in slavery just as much as he was when he rose to power and prominence. God was much more concerned with Joseph’s heart than he was what was happening around him.
To end, remind yourself that God is faithful, He is working for your good, and he wants you to be faithful and obedient. Ask that God would fill you with his perspective and assure you of who He is.