God's answer to #2: While in prison, God's favor and mercy promoted Joseph

"But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that [were] in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer [of it]. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing [that was] under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and [that] which he did, the LORD made [it] to prosper" (Genesis 39:21-23)

God's answer to #3: When Joseph was forgotten by the world, God's favor and mercy promoted Joseph to the place of destiny

"And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, [there is] none so discreet and wise as thou [art]: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt" (Genesis 41:39-41).

I want to encourage you to continue to do your best. Wherever you have been planted, whatever your calling is – even if you aren't sure right now – commit to be excellent. Commit to do your best, even if you "feel" like it doesn't matter. It does matter! You are being watched. By the people you work with. By the people in your circle of influence. And most importantly, by the One Who holds your promotion in His Hands. You might be a Joseph. You might have to go through some things because the calling on your life is so great. Rejoice! You are in good company! You might feel like you're in prison because of your circumstances. Look up! Look up at the One Who created you! Look up to the One Who has the best plan for your life. Look up and rejoice! You will not stay in your prison much longer. You have not been forgotten by the King. The King is working it out for you, but you need to stay on course. You need to rehearse what you know to be true. You need to keep your focus no matter what anyone says or what it looks like.

What God did for Joseph, He will surely do for you. Commit your path to Him today and be ready for the opportunity for promotion when it comes. It might not be in the place you imagined, but destiny rarely is.

Raquel Soto is the prolific and cutting edge writer of several books. She resides in Chicago with her husband of 16 years and their three beautiful children. Finding ways to help people utilizing the arts is her passion and helping people practically is her gift. May all your days be like days of heaven on the earth is her motto and deepest desire for you today. 

Publication date: October 16, 2012