When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Genesis 39:1-2 (NLT)
Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story about how Joseph had treated her. So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained. But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. Genesis 39:19-21 (NLT)
Poor Joseph. He was sold into slavery because his brothers were angry and jealous and then, because he chose to do the right thing he was put into prison. As we ponder that, maybe we shouldn't feel so sorry for him.
Did you see the line that is in both of today's texts? The Lord was with Joseph. Where ever Joseph was, God was there too. No matter the twists and turns that his life took, God was walking beside him. When things were pretty much as bad as they could get, God was in the mess. How does that translate for us today?
When you lose your job and you aren't sure how it's going to work out. The Lord is with you.
When your marriage is on the rocks. God is in the mess.
As you look at your bills that equal more than what's in your checking account. You are not alone.
As you struggle with the health problem that seems way too serious and complicated. God is walking beside you.
Joseph was not more important than you are. No matter what you are facing today, you can be assured that you are not alone.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)