“And the Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master, his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands.” Genesis 39:2-3
I love the story about Joseph. This is one of my favorite verses that talks about the kind of person Joseph was. The master of the house saw that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. In order for a pagan Egyptian to see or hear about Joseph’s God and to see that it was God who did all things, that means Joseph glorified the Lord in and with everything. He didn’t just succeed and keep his mouth shut or credit himself to all that happened, he proclaimed the truth. He didn’t shy away.
As I was reading this I prayed for the Lords favor too. It says the Lord was with Joseph. The Lord is with me too. It says so in His Word and His Holy Spirit resides in every child of God. If the Lord is with me, He can give me success and favor also. I just need to be faithful to give all credit to where credit is due. Which is in absolutely everything. I can’t even get through the morning without the Lord.
Then it says in Genesis 39:21-22, “The Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison.” It then goes on to say that two other prisoners were in the prison and had troubling dreams. The next morning Joseph saw them and said, “’Why are your faces so downcast today?’ They said to him, ‘We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them.’ And Joseph said to them, ‘Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.’”
Here’s the character traits we can conclude from Joseph so far.
- He is a man of honor. We already know this because he ran from Potiphar’s wife when she tried to seduce him.
- He is loyal because he didn’t want to sin against God or his master.
- He is responsible and a good steward because he took care of everything the Lord gave him and continued to give him.
- He’s kind to those around him. When he was in charge of the prison he didn’t just pass people by but asked out of concern what was troubling the two men. (AND he said please).
- He is bold in declaring his faith.
- He is trusting in the Lord to bring him through all things.
- He is sensitive to the Spirit and what the Lord wishes to tell him.
- He is forgiving to those who persecute him.
And so much more. In my times of trial I wish to have a heart like Joseph does and trust the Lord with everything.