Ordained to Prosper

“The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master” (Genesis 39:2).

We know the story quite well about Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers in Genesis 37. The accounts in chapter 39 states that God was with Joseph and he was successful. Imagine being enslaved in a foreign country away from your family and being considered successful. Joseph was well thought of by his master who had confidence in him. “So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had” (Genesis 39:4).

The story took a sad turn when his master’s wife took a fancy to him and tried to seduce him into sleeping with her. Joseph rejected her advances and she created a story to tell her servants and her husband that Joseph tried to rape her. Joseph is landed into prison by his master who is angry about his wife’s accusations against Joseph. We are likely to feel sad for Joseph who seemed against his luck. First he was hated by his brothers, threatened with murder, sold into slavery in a foreign country and now lied on by his maters’s wife. Joseph must have wondered why it seemed like he could not catch a break.

Let us see what Joseph experienced in prison. “But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison” (Genesis 39:21). Imagine Joseph also finding favour in prison. It would seem like favour chased this guy wherever he went. And Joseph rose to prominence and a position of leadership even in prison. “And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it” (Genesis 39:22).

Nothing can separate us from God’s love, mercy and favour. Joseph is from the seed of Abraham and God’s promise was, “blessed when you go out, blessed when you come in and blessed in the field.” Blessing was everywhere that Joseph went. We are also the seed of Abraham and we are blessed all around. God is in us, around us and there is absolutely nothing that can separate us from his favour.


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