Joseph in Prison • Devotion #5: Spirit of God in Him
Gareth Volz | Senior (55+) Director
In Genesis 41:38-39 we read, “And Pharaoh said to his servants, ‘Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?’ Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are.’”
I think that probably the greatest compliment that can be given to a true follower of God is that others can see evidence of God’s Holy Spirit in them. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Every believer is indwelt by God’s Spirit when they accept Jesus as their Savior. However, the Fruit of the Spirit reveals how filled the believer is with God’s Spirit. Being filled with God’s Spirit is a voluntary choice to surrender control of your life to the Holy Spirit’s control. Examining Joseph’s life shows how the Fruit of the Spirit was revealed in him.
A quick review of Joseph’s life showed that he was his father’s favorite son, which made his brothers jealous. This was made worse when, as a teenager, he had a dream that one day his brothers would all bow down to him. He told them this, and they sold him into slavery, telling their father he was killed by a wild animal. While he was a slave, he resisted the sexual flirtation of his master’s wife, and for doing what was right, was falsely accused and thrown into prison. While in prison, he interpreted the dreams of two of Pharaoh’s servants who also had been thrown into prison, giving credit for the interpretation to God. When both interpretations proved correct, and one was executed and one restored to his former position, he was forgotten by the latter and languished in prison. Finally, when Pharaoh was troubled by a dream, and none of his wise men could interpret it, Pharaoh’s cupbearer remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh he knew someone who could interpret the dream. Joseph did so, giving credit to God, and this is when Pharaoh saw evidence of God’s Spirit in him.
What evidence did Pharaoh see in Joseph’s life?
- Faithfulness: Faith gave him the ability to discern right from wrong as Potiphar’s slave, confidence to assure Pharaoh’s servants (and later Pharaoh himself) that interpretations belong to God, and God’s interpretations are true.
- Patience: Though Joseph was taken from a lavish life and sold into slavery, thrown into prison, and forgotten, he had the patience that God would work in his life for good.
- Kindness and Goodness: Joseph was kind to Pharaoh’s servants in prison, caring enough to share God’s truth with them, even while he was suffering.
- Love: Joseph’s unwavering love for God is seen throughout his trials in Egypt.
- Peace: Joseph was at peace because he knew God was ultimately in control, not Pharaoh.
- Love and Joy: Joseph’s love for God was evident in his declarations that it was God – not himself – who should receive credit for the dream interpretations and results. This led to joy for not only Joseph but Pharaoh and ultimately Joseph’s family.
It is my prayer that I will be filled with God’s Spirit and it will be evident to all. I pray that is your desire as well.