But while Joseph was there in the prison the Lord was with him. (Genesis 39:20-21)
If ever there was a man who could have doubted God's plans for his life, it was Joseph. Sold by his brothers, thrown into prison, in a foreign land; surely a man without future. In spite of it all, this young man remained faithful to God. He stood firm in times of temptation, and paid the price for it, imprisonment.
Humanly speaking he should have been rewarded by God for his faithfulness. It seems so difficult to understand God's ways. For us, who know the end of the story, it is easy to understand. But Joseph did not know the final outcome. The only thing he experienced was sorrow, pain and punishment.
But Joseph changed his prison into a place of worship. "But while Joseph was in prison, the Lord was with him."
It is very possible that you too have experienced times of seeming defeat, loneliness, lack of support. You have concluded that nobody cares about your situation. But remember: The God who was with Joseph is with you today, whatever the circumstances.
Gustavo Figueroa from Cuba. An itinerant evangelist, he writes using a pseudonym.
Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
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Day by Day with the Persecuted Church
compiled by Jan Pit with a forward by Brother Andrew (paperback, revised 2000)
Compelling wisdom from the pen of actual believers living amidst persecution, you'll be connected to the suffering, courage, and depth of life that exists in the harshest places in the world. Each of these 365 thought-provoking devotions will deepen your understanding of Christian persecution and provoke you to pray for our brothers and sisters with a new found depth.