Genesis 39 gives us a glimpse into Joseph’s life in captivity. What we find is that he faced similar situations as us. Joseph’s early days as a slave were very troubled. He was unable to control the many challenges around him, everything seemed to be out of sorts. We have times like that. Then, Joseph enjoyed a time of prosperity and promotion, where all was going well. We likewise have moments like these. And then, he faced strong temptation to fall, to follow passions and desires that would lead to great sin. We face those as well.
However, where Joseph proved to be different than us is that he faced these situations with great faith and victory. Yet. Joseph success was not because he was a good guy, but because he knew he served a great Lord – and that this Lord was with him.
This is the secret to living an abundant and overcoming life, to live before the face of God, to know that when Jesus said that He would never leave us nor forsake us, that He was telling the truth. And we can trust this Jesus to give us the strength to live for Him, in the midst of the challenges and joys that come in this life.
Learn from Joseph to trust Jesus when all seems to go wrong. Learn from Joseph how to give the Lord honor and praise when things are going well. And learn from Joseph how to lean on Jesus in the midst of powerful temptation, and to overcome.
Immanuel – God is with Us!
Series: In the Beginning… Jesus
Pastor James McDonald