Wednesday, January 20

The Lord is with us

Scripture: Genesis 39-40, Luke 20

Genesis 39:2–3 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…

Genesis 39:20–21 But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.

Genesis 39:23  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.

Observation

Four times in this chapter the author of Genesis tells us that the Lord was with Joseph, and twice added that the Lord “gave him success in everything he did.”  

In a tragic context of betrayal, slavery, lies, imprisonment, and being forgotten—God was with him in the midst of it all.  The Lord’s presence didn’t prevent Joseph from experiencing these terrible things, but it helped Joseph thrive and succeed in the midst of them.

Application

The Lord is with us.  That doesn’t mean that we will never suffer or that we’ll escape all trauma and difficulty.  It does mean that God will be with us and help us to thrive in the midst of it. 

It’s not wrong to seek to escape our prisons—Joseph did.  But it’s important that we seek God in the midst of our hardship and expect His presence to be with us and His blessing to rest on us there.   We can thrive in hardship knowing that He is there with us.

When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006, Laina asked me how I was doing.  I said, “Nothing has changed.  I woke up this morning in God’s hands; I’m still in God’s hands.”  That wasn’t denial.  That was affirming that the Lord is with me and will help me thrive in the midst of whatever life throws at me!  And I did!

Prayer: Lord, thanks for being with me.  I’m seeking You today, and with your help I’ll thrive in the midst of this next season of my life!  Thank you!