While most of us, if not all of us, can remember times where life just wasn’t fair to us, I doubt too many of us can say we were in a situation like Joseph’s. He was separated from his family, hundreds of miles away from those whom he knew, because his siblings sold him. Let that fact sink in for a few seconds. Talk about rejection…
So as a young man, just seventeen years old, Joseph finds himself in a strange country, with a different culture, language and religious customs that were all so different than everything he knew. Joseph wasn’t in a good place.
What strikes me in this passage in Genesis 39 is how God still was ordering Joseph’s steps. Look at verse 2a, “The LORD was with Joseph and he was a successful man.” Even in this foreign country, away from everything he previously knew, God was still blessing him. This was a habit in Joseph life because when he is wrongly thrown is prison, again the comment is made how God was with him and “gave him favor” (verse 21).
Learning to follow God and trusting right where you are isn’t all bad. But too often when we are in situation we don’t like – especially if it is a situation where you, like Joseph, were not put in willingly, we can’t see beyond our current dismal surroundings.
I can’t say this is a quality of mine. When I’ve been in less than pleasant circumstances, I didn’t look for ways to see that God was blessing me. Mostly, I whined and complained about my situation.
But God was still with Joseph just as He was with me and He is with you when you find that you aren’t in a good place. Stay true to Him and look for ways to see God’s blessings in your life. This isn’t an easy task, but He is there, looking out for His own.
Blessings My Friend