A Prosperous Man

“And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.” Genesis 39:1-6  (KJB)

Joseph has been sold by his brothers to traders who in turn sold him to an Egyptian named Potiphar, an officer of the Pharaoh of Egypt.  It would indeed be a sad thing to be sold by your brothers, and the normal thing to do would be planning on how to get even with them.  It would, no doubt include how to get out of this ordeal.

Joseph, however, seems to have been content with God’s plan for his life.  God blessed him as you can read for yourself; and even prospered the house of Potiphar as well.

We are told “…And he was a prosperous man…” which is speaking of Joseph; and “…The LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.”

Something that should be true in every believer’s life is that we know who is in control of things.  The LORD our God superintends the events of our lives.  It is not fate, neither is it chance.  It is GOD.  He always has our best in His mind and will.  We can trust him through fire, flood, famine, and/or feast.  He can be depended on through sickness, disease, storm, and every sort of trial we go through.

Joseph had heard the word of the LORD, and he believed it.  That is what got him through each day.  That is why the LORD prospered him and Potiphar’s house.

That is also what gets me through every day, every trial, every storm of life.  That is what will and can get you through yours; and it begins by believing GOD’S word concerning His Son Jesus that He died for you, was buried, and He rose again; and He will soon be returning for us who love Him.  We must remember that prosperity is not measured by the things which we possess (Luke 12:15)

Believe Him.

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