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God's Goodness or Joseph's Righteousness

Genesis 39:2-4,7-9,16-18,21,22 The LORD was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. Now his master saw that the LORD was with him and how the LORD caused all that he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge... It came about after these events that his master’s wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, with me here, my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my charge. “There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?”...  So she left his garment beside her until his master came home. Then she spoke to him with these words, “The Hebrew slave, whom you brought to us, came in to me to make sport of me; and as I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled outside”...  But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it.

Joseph was sold into slavery, bought by Potiphar, given charge of everything Potiphar had, enticed by Potiphar's wife to sleep with her but refused, falsely accused and sent into prison and again finds favor in the sight of the chief jailer only to be put in charge of the entire prison!

Remarkable story of how an honest and upright man of God was blessed for his righteousness and is that God's message to us today?

Oftentimes, we see the obvious and are satisfied with it just to get on with life. In the busyness of our lives, we have little or no time to sit and ponder and this causes us to miss the little gems hidden under the obvious.

Joseph was given visions of greatness when he was back home and these visions caused his brothers to hate him more because it showed how he would rule over them.

The giver of these visions was God and the one who would deliver Joseph to that level of greatness was God alone. Joseph's righteousness could never buy God's favor but God's will can never be displaced by man's unrighteousness.

When Joseph was found worthy, it was not because he tried so hard but it was because God had transformed Joseph's heart to make him worthy of respect in the eyes of all who dealt with him.

Potiphar and his household were not worthy in God's sight but were blessed because of God's blessing on Joseph.

The prison Joseph was thrown in probably was the worst of all the prisons and even in such a terrible place, God made Joseph find favor.

When we are transformed, not just changed but recreated in God's image after we submit to Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the goodness in us is not because we are but because He is!

We, however, have to remember that we need to safeguard ourselves from falling into the clutches and yearnings of this world because God has been so good to us, just as Joseph confessed to Potiphar's wife.

The challenging situations in our lives are but opportunities for God to work miraculously to show how He is above all else. So lets worship God regardless of our situations and let God reach out to the world through our transformed selves.

In His Loving Service,


Psalm 1:3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

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