Hi SUMite family!
Lynn and I decided to change things up a bit over the next few weeks as she is traveling this week and next, and I'm traveling next week too—time to head back to Florida. I have lots of great stuff to share with you that the Holy Spirit has been showing me that is so relevant for us right now. And we have some guest posts next week written by women in our community. So let's get started...
He’s one of my favorite people in the Bible. I love his story. He inspires me every time I read about him. The entire story of Joseph in the last 11 chapters of Genesis can be summed up by Romans 8:28, my favorite verse in the Bible. Perhaps that's why I love his story so much.
But there's a specific part of his story that stood out to me this time, and I believe it's specifically for us, SUMites, because we deal with difficult places, challenges and disappointments in our marriages. And especially right now, as we see the body of Christ—His church—is more mismatched with this country than ever before, many of us are finding ourselves in tough places.
Joseph found himself in some really tough places and times too. He was sold into slavery by his own brothers, taken to the land of Egypt that worshiped false gods, and had to live and serve in a foreign land that had no regard for who he was or who he worshiped.
The pages of his story never tell of any moments of doubt or despair. We never hear him complain. I can't imagine going through the things he did without having some moments of darkness. Maybe God didn't feel they warranted a place in Joseph's written story. We simply see a man who seemed to make the very best out of every situation he was placed in.
Yet there is definitely more. God had a plan for Joseph from the very start and that meant some preparation had to happen to get this young, naïve boy ready for the roll he would play in saving his family, the Israelite nation and millions of others affected by a seven year famine.
Joseph started off in a place of favor. As the firstborn son of Jacob and Rachel and held a very special place in his father's heart. This brought the resentment of his brothers, and thus the catalyst of his journey into captivity as a slave. His story of slavery to freedom was almost prophetic for what was to come for the Israelites in Egypt two Pharaohs later.
But I digress. Back to Joseph. Specifically, how did he walk in these great places of challenge among strangers in strange places?
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. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field. So he left all that he had in Joseph's charge, and because of him he had no concern about anything but the food he ate. — Genesis 39:2-6 ESV
At this point in Joseph's story he is a slave in the house of a high official. Scripture states clearly here that the Lord was with Joseph. Now look at those verses again and pay attention to what affect that had in this house of an Egyptian, who did not worship Yahweh.
His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.
The Lord’s presence and favor over Joseph was visible even to Potiphar, an unbeliever. This was so evident and so impressed this man to the point that he put Joseph in charge of everything. He didn’t concern himself with anything but the food he ate!
This next part I found so interesting and so very relevant for us, SUMites.
From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field.
Did you catch that? For Joseph’s sake, the Lord bless Potiphar’s house. SUMites, do you realize that the Lord does this for us too? Abba blesses our homes for our sake, because we are His kids and He favors us.
My friends, I have even more to share and show about Joseph's story and how this is our story too. Be sure to come back Thursday for the rest of "our" story. It will most likely challenge you as it does me, and I know it will encourage you. Our God is bigger than any challenging place we find ourselves in, SUMites!