The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. Genesis 39:2 NKJV
Joseph was the favorite son of Jacob. His father gave him fine clothes to wear. Joseph was usually at home with his father while his brothers were out working in the fields. Joseph was spoiled. He was hated by his brothers.
Joseph reminds me of his father. Jacob was a liar, a schemer and a thief. These men had character flaws. They were also men of great faith in God. They pursued God in spite of their sins. They trusted the Lord despite their bad habits and character flaws.
Joseph was sent to spy on his brothers. They conspired to kill him. They threw him into a pit. Joseph’s brothers ignored his pleas for help. They sold him to a passing caravan.
Joseph became a slave in Egypt. The Lord was with Joseph. God blessed him in his work. His management skills earned him favor with his master. Or is there another reason?
Joseph was blessed because he was exactly where God wanted him to be.
God was with Joseph in the pit and on the journey to Egypt. God was molding Joseph and shaping him into the man the Lord created him to be. God was transforming a spoiled boy into a man who could be used to provide for people during a time of famine.
If we did not know the full account of Joseph’s life it would be difficult to understand why he suffered so much. It would be hard to see the hand of God leading him and guiding him in the way he should go.
If your journey has led you into a time of trial and hardship it may be difficult to understand why God has allowed it. It may be hard to imagine the result of the work God is doing in your life today.
During the hardships, trials and suffering through the valley of weeping and mourning God prepares us for the mountain top strolls of life!
God has not abandoned you. He is with you during the trials and hardships you face. He is for you, not against you. The Lord does not expect you to enjoy trials and hardships. Jesus wants you to trust Him to accomplish His good and perfect will for your life!
Jesus wants you to know He can mold you and shape you into the person He created you to be. Jesus can use you despite your sins, bad habits and character flaws!
Jesus loves you! He will never ignore your pleas for help. Jesus will be with you in the pit of sorrows. Jesus will be with you on your journey through the stronghold of the enemy!
Surrender to the work Jesus is doing in your life and you will be successful in all that you do in His name!
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