The Lord Was With Joseph and the Lord Is With You

The Lord was with Joseph throughout slavery, false accusations, and imprisonment. In the same way, the Lord is with you even when it doesn't seem so.

The Lord was with Joseph.

The phrase caught my attention as I read Genesis 39 during my morning devotions.

That’s pretty bold, I thought. Joseph’s been sold to slave traders by his brothers, sold again to Potiphar, and the narrator of the story has the gall to say “the Lord was with Joseph.” How can that be?

One verse later, there it was again.

The Lord was with Joseph.

This time the observation came after a description of how Joseph gained his master’s favor and trust by running his house efficiently and well. That one makes more sense,I admitted while adding the caveat, but he’s still a slave.

Near the end of the chapter, the phrase popped up again.

The Lord was with Joseph.

The phrase was harder to swallow this time, coming as it did after his master’s wife falsely accused Joseph of attacking her.You’ve got to be kidding,I thought. The Lord can not be with Joseph in those circumstances.

But in the final verse of the chapter, the narrator describes Joseph being sent to prison, followed by–you guessed it–

The Lord was with him.

Not only was the Lord with Joseph in prison, but in whatever he did, the narrator went on to say, the Lord made Josephprosper.

In my head, I did a quick recap of the plot points.

Sold into slavery.
The Lord was with Joseph.
Working hard and making his master rich.
The Lord was with Joseph.
Falsely accused.
The Lord was with Joseph.
Unjustly imprisoned.
The Lord was with Joseph.
And the Lord made him prosper.

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  1. Cindy Cindy
    July 23, 2018    

    I needed this post today. As a grandparent of several grandchildren with special needs I was feeling abandoned by God. Thanks for sharing the Truth I needed to be reminded of.

  2. July 26, 2018    

    I’m so glad it spoke to you, Cindy. It’s a hard truth to cling to sometimes, isn’t it?

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