“And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand,” Genesis 39:2-3, KJV.
There are situations and circumstances in life that may occur in which we have no control over. There are many in prisons that are indeed innocent of the crimes committed. There are lies that are told on some that are also indeed innocent of the accusations. In life, things will happen that are beyond our control that may leave us in a position less favorable than the last, but we must remember as Christians—the Lord is with us.
Consider the story told in Genesis 39 where Joseph after being sold into slavery behind the jealousy of his very own brothers was still blessed even as a slave. He was put in charge of the master’s household. In slavery, Joseph had people answering to him. The Lord was with Him, even in what looked like an awful situation. Then as the story goes on, we find that the master’s wife wanted Joseph to sleep with her. But being an upright man Joseph said, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:8-9).
Joseph was not just concerned with his earthly master, but more importantly our heavenly Father. This is a great example of knowing that where ever and however we prosper, all good things come from above. It is not who hands it over to us here on earth, but the One who works within. In verse three it is mentioned that the earthly master knew this as well, “And his master saw that the LORD was with him…”
After Joseph refused this woman, she concocted a plan to have him thrown out. In her selfish, conniving mind was conceived an idea to make Joseph pay for refusing her. When her husband came in, she lied and told him that Joseph tried to rape her. As proof, she held Joseph’s garment up that she was able to clutch as Joseph ran away from her. He literally wanted nothing to do with this woman, but she wasn’t willing to take no for an answer. This was a situation that Joseph found himself in, but the Lord was with him.
Regardless of where we are in life, we must hold fast to our faith in Christ. The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but God comes to give life and to give it more abundantly. Don’t allow situations and circumstances to define who you are, allow God to and His Holy Word. Someone may be experiencing a false accusation that got them fired, a miscommunication that forced a spouse to move out, or even a case of mistaken identity that lands them in jail, but know “that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose,” Romans 8:28, KJV.
As time progressed, Joseph prospered still. He eventually was appointed to oversee all the land of Egypt (Genesis 41:41). No weapon formed against thee shall prosper and God’s word does not return unto Him void. It will accomplish that thing in which it was sent forth to do. Joseph had a dream and his dream came true. When God gives a vision, though it may tarry … wait for it (Habakkuk 2:3).