Meditate on Genesis 39:23 “The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.”
Joseph is carried down to Egypt and becomes the slave of Potiphar who just so happens to be captain of Pharoah’s guard. Joseph begins working diligently in Potiphar’s home. He quickly earned his trust, and Potiphar could not help but notice that the Lord’s blessing was on his house because of Joseph.
Potiphar gives him full responsibility to care for everything until Joseph lands himself into another messy situation. Potiphar’s wife accuses Joseph of taking advantage of her sexually and she had his cloak to “prove” it. In actuality, Joseph had made a stand against the wickedness of what she was asking him to do, and God provided an escape.
Potiphar burned with anger after hearing his wife’s story and threw Joseph in prison, However, God never left Joseph. The warden also gives Joseph full reign and God once again, blessed everything that Joseph did.
The transformation of Joseph from the entitled seventeen-year-old boy who flaunted his leadership over his brothers to the responsible and dependable young man who served strangers in this chapter is incredible. God truly uses our difficulties to shape and mold us into people who can responsibly steward bringing Him glory. Be encouraged that if today holds difficult, seemingly endless service for others gain God is using it to mold you and use your life to point those you serve to Him. Work hard and represent Him well, they desperately need to see His goodness through your life. And friend, don’t worry when others try to oppose you, commit it all to Him and He will bless everything you touch.
Prayer: God thank you so much that you are more powerful than any hardship I may face. Thank you that I don’t suffer hardship for no reason. God, you give it purpose and meaning and you mold and shape me into someone who looks like you to a world who needs your saving grace. Thank you that you protect me and provide a way out of temptation. God grow my desire to serve others and love your people like you do. Be my strength to stand up for what is right when the time comes and the tensions are high. In Jesus’ name, amen.
What does Joseph sacrifice when he courageously makes a stand against Potiphar’s wife?
Is there an area of your life that God has asked you to take a stand for Him (work, school or in a friendship)?
Or is there an area God has asked you to serve a seemingly undeserving person or group of people?
Memorize Colossians 3:23 “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”