The story of Joseph continues in Genesis 39. The slave traders take Joseph to Egypt where he is sold to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, Captain of the royal guard. Of all the people Joseph could have been sold to, he ends up in the house of a wealthy, prosperous man, in high position who interacts with the royalty of Egypt. Look at God showing off!! It didn’t take long for Potiphar to see that the Lord was with Joseph and caused everything in Joseph’s hand to prosper. Joseph found favor in Potiphar’s eyes and was made his personal servant and overseer of his entire household. Because Joseph was blessed and favored by God, the blessing and favor poured over onto Potiphar’s household.
- Where He guides, He provides.
Joseph’s position in Potiphar’s house is a classic example of God’s favor. Joseph was over everything in Potiphar’s household and the Bible says Potiphar only had to worry about the food he ate (Genesis 39:6). The only explanation of why a slave who is the lowest rank on the totem pole of success would be put in charge of an entire household of the Captain of the royal guard is GOD’S FAVOR! Does that excite anyone else but me? When God’s favor is on you and you’re walking in your purpose you don’t have to say a word. People looking on from the outside can clearly see you belong to God and his favor is on you. He’ll open doors and positions that you’re not even qualified for, and all he requires is that you stay faithful to His calling on your life.
- Stay faithful to your assignment.
Joseph could have arrived to Egypt bitter from everything he had just gone through and pulled out his “pity” card. But not once do you read where he complained or threw a pity party for himself. How was Joseph able to persevere despite all that had just transpired? We read in Genesis 39:2 where it says, “The Lord was with Joseph.” The place you’re currently serving may not look like the dream God has put deep down inside of you. Maybe you thought by now you’d be further along walking out your purpose. You may not be where you want to be, but you’re exactly at the place God desires for you to be. He’s looking for those people who are willing to say God’s been too good to me and brought me too far to quit now.
I remember working as an assistant at a Montessori school after receiving my certification to be a teacher. I was having my own pity party complaining to my mom that my boss should be paying me more even though I was working as an assistant, because I was certified. My mom gave me the best piece of advice to remain faithful where I was and be the best assistant I could be and when the opportunity opened up I’d be in good standing for the position. Lo and behold when I changed my attitude and focused on serving right where I was a teacher down the hall was going to be moving mid-year. Guess who they asked to fill her position? You guessed it, ME!
I’m sure Joseph didn’t like the title “slave” but look at who he was serving? It was a whole lot better than being left in a pit to die. I’ve said this before, but our attitude is everything. God’s not looking for someone prideful thinking I’m better than this opportunity or that. He’s looking for someone who says use me and I’ll do whatever you call me to do. I’ll remain faithful regardless of where this road takes me on the journey to my purpose. Little did Joseph know that he was receiving on the job training for a much bigger role God was setting him up for.
Stay tuned for part 3!