God Is With Us in Hard Times
The Bible is relevant for every situation. Although the details of our circumstances probably differ from those described in Scripture, God's Word still applies.
From the life of Joseph, we get a glimpse of what it means to have God with us in hard times. First of all, the young man's faith strengthened, helping him place loyalty to the Lord above his personal welfare. For example, when Potiphar's wife attempted to seduce Joseph, he refused, saying he would not sin against God (Gen. 39:9).
Second, the Lord's presence meant that Joseph prospered right where he was—as a slave in Potiphar's house and as a prisoner in a foreign jail. In both situations, those in charge recognized God's favor was upon Joseph. So they gave him great responsibility and authority (vv. 3-4, 21-22).
Third, during times of suffering, Joseph gained invaluable life lessons that prepared him for the future. As a slave and prisoner, Joseph learned ways to handle responsibility, the details of Egyptian culture, and the importance of keeping God first.
An additional blessing was the opportunity to be a witness to the Lord's power and sufficiency. When brought before Pharaoh to interpret his dream, Joseph said he could not do it but testified that God could (41:16).
We can see our faith grow by relying on our heavenly Father the way Joseph did. When we give God His rightful place in our lives as Lord, His presence will strengthen us to resist temptation. Then we, too, will be equipped to do kingdom work and ready to proclaim His greatness to those around us.
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