‘When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did . . .’ Genesis 39.3
These words refer to Joseph, a man who was obviously blessed by God. People around him could see that God was with him, blessing everything to which he set his hand. Interestingly though, the blessing of God did not mean that Joseph had an easy life.
Not long after this description of him, he was falsely accused, imprisoned and left languishing in prison – although once again we are told that the Lord was with him and he was given responsibility. Again, the blessing of God upon Joseph’s life was not a guarantee of ease.
This is encouraging for us. During times of setbacks, confusion or hardship, the temptation is to think that we must have lost God’s favour in some way. The story of Joseph reassures us that this is not the case. Whatever you are going through, the presence of God is with you; his hand is upon you in the lightest or darkest of situations, regardless of whether or not you feel it. Whether you are prospering or are surrounded by confusion, God’s desire is always to bless you.
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