Today’s Bible Reading and Devotional is Genesis 39-40.
The life of Joseph is a reminder, regardless our circumstance, the LORD is with us!
Joseph was a child when he was left without the love and nurturing care of his mother who died giving birth to Benjamin, Jacob’s twelfth son and Joseph’s only full brother (Genesis 35:16-19). The favorite son of his father (Genesis 37:3), Joseph’s childhood was scarred by the rejection of his brothers (37:4) who plotted his murder (37:19-24), eventually selling him as a slave to nomadic Midianites traveling to Egypt (37:25-28).
Rather than despair and bitterness, Joseph’s faith in the LORD was unshaken and in Egypt he rose from slave to steward of his master’s household (37:36). Refusing the advances of his master’s wife who falsely accused him (39:1-18), Joseph was sentenced to prison (39:19-23).
In spite of a series of heartbreaking events, we never find Joseph bearing a bitter spirit. Indeed, as a testimony of his humility, we read, “the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man” (39:2). In Genesis 39:21, “the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” What a difference a God-centered, faith-dependent attitude makes!
Time nor space permits an exhaustive study of the dreams of the butler and baker or Joseph’s interpretation of their dreams (40:5-23); however, Joseph’s request for Pharaoh’s butler to remember him appeared to end in disappointment. Restored to Pharaoh’s service, we read, “Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him” (Genesis 40:23). Two years would pass before the butler remembered Joseph (Genesis 41)!
Far from home and family, Joseph’s love and passion for the LORD was not diminished. In spite of trials and injustices, he was faithful, the LORD was with him, and “he was a prosperous man” (Genesis 39:2).
What a testimony Joseph is to all and I trust, especially to Christian teens and young adults.
Copyright 2019 – Travis D. Smith