The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man; he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hands.
We all know the complex struggles of Joseph. He was despised by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused of rape, and incarcerated. This text captures the entirety of Joseph's life well. Here he is enslaved, yet God's presence and desire to prosper him is evident to even his enslaver. God used every situation in Joseph's life to prosper him and make him fruitful and Joseph took advantage.
What I love about our ancestors is how blessed their struggle was. Although hidden and written out of history, the ingenuity and prosperity of America is due to the hands and minds of those enslaved. In truth it has been the enslaved and their descendants that have made America live up to the promise in its founding documents. We have overcome unspeakable odds and we are still standing. Like Joseph, we are fruitful, even in chains.
This is instructive for us. No matter where we find ourselves God can use it to make us fruitful. Every trial, tribulation, and failure is an opportunity to grow. What's that? Did somebody just say, "All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to God's purpose?”
Lord make us fruitful and prosper us no matter what situation we find ourselves in. Help us to learn, to grow, to achieve, and overcome the obstacles. Awaken us to possibilities not barriers. Strengthen our hearts, give us courage. In Jesus Name.
Questions for Meditation
What is the hardest trial I have been in?
How did God prosper me even in the midst of it?
What did I learn about God? My enemies? Myself?
Now pray in your own words that God would prosper you even in chains.