Joseph Is Put In Prison
19 As soon as his master heard the words that his wife spoke to him, “This is the way your servant treated me,” his anger was kindled. 20 And Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. 23 The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph's charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed.
You know the story! Joseph has been put in to prison even though he had done no wrong. In fact, he had behaved righteously and with honour. Yet, the result was that he was cast in to prison for a crime he did not commit. How unfair! How unjust! How would Joseph cope in such circumstances? And how do we cope in the set of circumstances that we find ourselves in that were not of our choosing?
In the previous phase of Joesph life he had been sold by his brothers as a slave. He found himself serving in the house of Potiphar the Egyptian, and we read there that 'The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man' (Gen 39:2). Similar things are spoken of Joseph in verse 21 of our reading today and therein lies answers to help in the time of difficulty.
1. God was with Joseph
We need to understand that difficulty of circumstance does not mean that we have been forsaken by God. The opposite is often true. The circumstance you find yourself in right now is somehow within his perfect plan; and GOD IS WITH YOU!
2. God's love towards Joesph was steadfast
The God who is with you is not hard, distant, or unapproachable. He is with you with a heart of steadfast love. Actually, from the Hebrew, this word for steadfast love can be translated as goodness or kindness. Even in difficult times, God is good! Take some time to think of the ways in which God is good to you and meditate upon it; this helps to put your focus in the right place.
3. God gave him favour with the key person
You can't make people like you! And neither should you try! It is important to find out who you are in Christ, to be that person, and to be that person no matter what. From that place of being content with who you are, knowing that God is pleased with you, He will grant you favour in the right places, with the right people, at the right time. There is no need for you to try to impress. Maybe this lockdown time is an opportunity for you to press in to God and to become content with who you are in Him.
The outcome for Joseph in his lockdown (v23) was that WHATEVER he did, the Lord made it succeed! So, if we want to be successful, even in difficult circumstances, we need to fully recognise that God is with us, God is good, and it is God who grants the favour we need.
Can I choose today to believe that God is with me? Can I choose today to believe that God is good? Can I relax in who I am knowing that God will grant me favour with the right people, in the right time?
Father, thank you that are in control of my life. No matter what it looks like, I choose to believe that you are with me; that your steadfast love is always towards me; and that your favour is upon me.