Sunday, February 13, 2011

God's Hand in Joseph's Life

Ever see a recurring theme in a Bible story? In Genesis 39-41, Joseph is continually recognized as one whom God blessed everything he did. As a slave in Potiphar's house, his master recognized that the Lord was with him and was prospering his work (Gen. 39:2-5). That led to further responsibility in the household. When he was falsely accused and sent to prison, the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of the prisoners because he also recognized what God was doing in Joseph's life (39:21-23). God continued to prosper Joseph in the dreary prison until it was time for him to take a greater role in Egypt. Pharaoh recognized God's hand in Joseph's life as well (41:39-41) and eventually placed him over all the land of Egypt.

But why did God bless Joseph everywhere he went? I think there are two answers. Firstly, Joseph was a man whom God could bless. You can see by his refusal to give in to Potiphar's wife, that Joseph was a godly man (39:8-9). This attitude toward God and sin is evidence that Joseph was a godly man whom God could bless. Secondly, Joseph was a man whom God wanted to use in the future. God tends to shape people from an early age for his purposes. Remember the dreams that bothered his brothers? Back then, God had already planned for Joseph to go to Egypt to save his family and the many other people affected by the coming famine. None of this would have happened unless God was actively involved in each part of Joseph's life.

It is fascinating to consider what God did in Joseph's life. But why stop there? Look at what God is doing in your life and those around you and be sure to thank him.

2 comments:

Jay said...

You seem to imply that there are some people that God can't/won't bless because they are "ungodly?" Or that He doesn't want to "use" ungodly people in the future. Is that what you are saying? Either way, how would Sampson fit into this idea?

Andy Rupert said...

The point of posting this was to show how God blessed Joseph's faithfulness. No doubt, God was actively leading and protecting Joseph for the future purpose he had for him. But at the same time, I see God's blessing Joseph's faithfulness something akin to what God said about Abraham in Genesis 18:19.

You mention Sampson. Are you thinking that God overlooked his sin and blessed/used him anyway? If so, I would encourage you to look at his life again. Sampson's sins came back to haunt him big time! His sin eventually led to betrayal, no eyes, prison, and death.

Yes, God used him, but it could have been better if he had remained obedient to the Lord.