“But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand [paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge]; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.”
god is with me published week of may 16, 2021
The phrase, “The Lord was with Joseph…” is mentioned twice in these two verses and is key throughout Joseph's life and story. God was with Joseph from the time he was a young boy when God planted a dream in Joseph’s heart. God showed Joseph that he was destined for greatness, and that even his own father would one-day bow down to him. No one else appreciated or understood these dreams, but God was working in Joseph’s life.
However, this did not exempt Joseph from enduring hardships and trials. Joe would even find himself forsaken by his own family and imprisoned in Egypt, maybe to the point of wondering if God had forgotten or changed His word to him. He could have shaken his fist at the God who gave him those dreams and allowed him to be mistreated and neglected by everyone he loved. Perhaps Joseph did have those feelings, struggling to understand why things went so wrong. Thankfully, God is bigger than feelings.
God remained at work in Joseph’s life, even amidst horrible circumstances. God never left him even though everyone else abandoned him . . . Almighty God still remained his stronghold. God's steadfast love remained constant in Joseph's life and refused to let Him go under. This became Joseph's testimony for others to witness and once again, God made him successful.
As followers of Christ, we too must come to grips with such questions as: Is it enough that God is with us? Are we willing to live our lives from His eternal perspective, trusting Him even when circumstances don’t make sense? Will we allow His steadfast love to hold us, as it did Joseph in that jail, when our dreams seem to be falling apart?
Circumstances can change when we least expect it; but our God never will. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (cp. Hebrews 13:8). When our hope and confidence is in Him, He will grant us success according to His will. “Father, Thank You for Your continued faithfulness to me, even when I may be drowning in my circumstances. Help me to remember that Your presence is 24/7 and that you are always with me. Please lead me in Your will for my life. Make all that I do prosper for Your glory alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”