S (Scripture): Genesis 39:1When Joseph had been taken down to Egypt, Potiphar, Pharaoh’s chief officer, the commander of the royal guard and an Egyptian, purchased him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. 2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man and served in his Egyptian master’s household.
20 Joseph’s master took him and threw him in jail, the place where the king’s prisoners were held. While he was in jail, 21 the Lord was with Joseph and remained loyal to him. He caused the jail’s commander to think highly of Joseph.
O (Observation): The story of Joseph is quite intriguing. One must read all of this chapter and the preceding chapters to understand that Joseph – while being favored by his father – was the runt of the litter and was therefore expected to get the least favorable treatment. Instead, God continually looks with favor on this most unsuspecting of peoples.
Joseph is left for dead by his brothers, but ends up being put in charge of a rich person’s entire estate! He is falsely accused of dishonoring his boss’ wife, and is thrown into jail.
While in jail, God once again looks favorably upon Joseph.
God makes good on God’s promises. Even when the circumstances surrounding Jospeh seem bleak, God steps in.
A (Application): Even when things seem bleak, God has a way of lifting up the lowly. We don’t always see this as the case. Sometimes, we are down and can’t get back up.
Sometimes, we are down, and don’t see a way out.
Sometimes, we are down, and can’t see a way forward.
God has an uncanny way of being present when we least expect God to be present.
So, in your days, I pray you see God in the journey with you, through surgeries or treatments or therapy or tests or homework or struggles.
P (Prayer): Lord. Help me to know your presence. Amen.