Devotions

God Caused Success

Joseph in Prison • Devotion #1: God Caused Success
Ryan Story | Location Pastor – Burton

If you have ever read the story of Joseph, which hopefully you have been reading your Bible through this book, you will notice that Joseph always seems to have some horrible circumstance befall him. His brothers hated him and sold him into slavery while his brother Reuben was on his way back to save him from the pit where he had left Joseph. Joseph ended up getting a good working relationship with the captain of Pharaoh’s guard, and all things were going well. Eventually, Joseph was wrongly accused of a sexual act despite the fact that he fled; because of this he was put into a political jail that most likely housed the worst of the worst. More up and down moments happen to the son of Jacob, but the one thing that remained true in Joseph’s life is that despite all the unfortunate circumstances that befell him, he always had God with him. 

Genesis 39:22-23 says, “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. 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.” Even in the worst circumstances, Joseph always seemed to end up being favored by God. Even when we fast-forward in Joseph’s story, God always seems to have a way of making everything fall into place. Joseph was not successful for any other reason than because God was always with him. God worked everything out for Joseph to complete what God wanted him to do. We live in a world where it just seemed that some people have “better luck” than others. We look at other people and might think that their wealth, health, family, spiritual walk, children, spouse, and attitude is just better than ours. Then we start thinking that God has skipped over us and given all of His blessings to another. The truth is we are not in control of how God works out the situation, and we are only in control of our response to the situation. 

As I studied my way through Joseph’s life while he was in Egypt, it seemed to me that you could divide everything into two parts. In every situation, Joseph did his best to honor God. In every situation, Joseph always seemed to work hard. Now not that we can unlock the secret to making God bless us, but I do think there is some truth to God being with Joseph and God found favor with him. Go back and read every lousy thing that happened to Joseph. You will not be able to find any moment where he complained, gossiped, or slandered anyone. Joseph’s attitude was always showing whom he served. Likewise, in every bad situation that befell him, Joseph always displayed a terrific work ethic. If I was sold into slavery, then thrown into jail for a crime I did not commit, I cannot see myself wanting to be the inmate of the year. However, Joseph showed us that in every situation we must work as if it is God who is in control of even the seemingly darkest of times.  We cannot make God bless us, but we can find the blessing in every situation. So instead of looking at the bleakness, look for how you can show how amazing the Lord you serve is. 



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