OK, here’s the scene. Your brothers persecute you because of a series of dreams you had from God. They throw you into a pit and the only reason they get to pull you out is to sell you as a slave to some passers-by. They strip you of your favourite coat, kill an animal, dip your coat in its blood and take it back to your father to report that they found the coat and that you must have been torn to pieces by the animal. Meanwhile the travellers also sell you on to an Egyptian leader and you find yourself working as a slave in his house. To be honest, you never applied to be here. You don’t know what happened but that’s not how the dream went at all. I’m sure you can relate to that. You are at a place that you never intended to be in. That’s not how the script was supposed to go. That was never your plan. Challenge for today: how do you live while you are in that place? Can you give your best? Can you trust God for blessing? Will those around you be blessed by you? Will you give your very best? Will you be a good witness for Jesus? Let’s watch Joseph in Potiphar’s house. Gen 39:1-6. Be challenged!
1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. 2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favour in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. 6 So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.
Did I hear you say “Challenge accepted”? Well good for you! Live for Jesus and give your best for him, even when things haven’t gone the way you had planned. You need to be found sure-footed because as you would know from experience, things might get worse before they get better. But more on that tomorrow.