Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

Secret of a Successful Man

The story of Joseph in Genesis has a couple of themes that stand out:  faithfulness and forgiveness.  Forgiveness comes at the end, but faithfulness is woven throughout the story.  Joseph’s life in Egypt takes place in three scenes, and each is summarized by almost identical words.

As a household servant, in Potiphar’s house.  “The LORD was with Joseph so that he prospered” (39:2).  His master noticed this so he trusted him implicitly and entrusted everything to him with two exceptions:  his food (v. 6) and his wife!  Joseph was faithful to that trust and refused to take advantage of his position, even though it cost him everything, landing him in the dungeon.

As a prisoner.  “The LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did” (39:23).  The warden noticed this and put him in charge of all the other prisoners.  Joseph was faithful to that trust, even through the disappointment of being forgotten by a fellow prisoner who promised to put in a good word for him when he was released.

As governor of all Egypt!  After God showed Joseph the meaning of the king’s dreams (41:16) and suggested a wise solution to the coming famine, the king said, “You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you.  Only I…will have a rank higher than yours” (41:39-40).

No matter what situation Joseph found himself in–
–God was with him – glorifying Himself, making him a blessing to others and preparing Joseph for the next step.
–He was faithful to God and served others to the best of his ever-increasing ability. 

What are my tasks today?  I invite God to be with me, ask Him to make me faithful, and beg for His blessing.

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