Grow | Devotion #6: Abilities
John Hubbard | Worship Leader
If anybody had the right to complain or have a bad attitude, it was Joseph. He had just been thrown into a pit and then sold into slavery by his own brothers. Imagine the confusion, heartache, and betrayal he felt. When he arrived in Egypt, he was bought by Potiphar, the captain of the guard in Egypt. I doubt that being a slave to an Egyptian was Joseph’s dream job. I doubt that it was a job he was passionate about. I doubt that as a little boy, he would daydream about being a slave when he grew older. Despite all of these things, Joseph was known for being honest and a hard worker.
Joseph rose through the ranks and was made the overseer of Potiphar’s house and was put in charge of all that this powerful man had. When Joseph wound up in prison he was, once again, placed in charge of all of the prisoners and was trusted by the keeper of the prison. Joseph eventually ended up being the second most powerful man in Egypt.
Do you think that he would have wound up there if he had been complaining day and night about his unfortunate lot in life? I do not. Joseph was faithful in the little things. Joseph was faithful as a slave, he was faithful as a prisoner, and all who saw him could see that he was favored by God. This can be a great reminder for us as we head to jobs that maybe are not our passion. Let us be reminded of this when we feel like we do not want to put the effort in to do a great job. God sees our hearts and our attitudes. You never know what God has planned for you!
I bet when Joseph was sitting in prison that he never dreamed he would end up in prison. Be faithful in trials, be faithful in the small things; you never know what God is preparing you for or where He is going to take you!
Luke 16:10 says,“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much…”