Genesis 39:20-23 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.
Doesn’t it seem sometimes that the circumstances of life are stacked against us? You know the days: you hit every red light, choose the longest line, forget your lunch at home, and mess up a project at work. You might even manage to offend a few people along the way. Yes, some days are full of problems.
Joseph had problems, too. Apparently, one of them was that he was too good looking. Yes, Joseph was a hottie. Genesis 39 says he was handsome and well built. Potipher’s wife looked and him and said to herself, “hmm mmm, that is a well built man.” So she tried to convince him to come to bed with her. I guess being good looking can work against you. But he wasn’t having any of that nonsense, being the righteous man that he was. So she lied to her husband and Joseph got thrown in prison. Wait a minute… Joseph was thrown in jail because he was too good looking? So not fair.
But Joseph couldn’t help but have favor. The Lord was simply with him. In fact, the prison warden treated him more like a coworker than a prisoner. That’s crazy! Now Joseph could have lowered his head and started crying out to God for justice. He could have been angry or resentful and demanded a fair trial. Instead he just continued to walk in favor. He didn’t worry about false accusations; rather he let his character speak for itself. He continued to be faithful even in the hardest places.
Hebrews 13:6 says, So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Joseph is a living example of this verse. He didn’t move to a place a fear even when he was thrown in prison. He didn’t fear what man could do to him. He rose to a place of honor in the midst of terrible circumstances. I can’t help but think we have that same opportunity in our own lives. Circumstances can stink, but we don’t have to. We can rise above like Joseph did. We can latch on to the fact that regardless of where life takes us, the Lord is our helper.
Are you letting the circumstances of your life determine your outlook? Like Joseph, choose to rise above today!