Thursday, January 16
Today's reading: Genesis 39:1-6
Upon his arrival in Egypt, Joseph ends up at the household of Potiphar, a well-to-do officer of Pharaoh. One of the first things we read is that "the LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man" (vs. 2). This is then followed by verses telling us that Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his household and all that he had (vs. 5-6).
From Genesis 37 to Genesis 39, Joseph's situation has definitely improved. In fact, it sounds pretty amazing, so much so that I tend to forget the horrific things that Joseph recently experienced—being violently attacked by his brothers, sold into slavery, and then hauled across the countryside as a prisoner away from his father, family, and friends. And even though he lands in a good situation when he arrives in Egypt, the transition couldn't have been an easy one. Joseph was by himself in a foreign country. That means a completely different culture with its own social structures, customs, styles, and religious practices. The situation would have certainly been overwhelming, and I can only imagine the sense of loss and loneliness Joseph endured.
But then I come back to these all important words in verse 2: "The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man."
How have you experienced God's presence and His watching over and providing for you in/through a difficult situation? What encouragement did you draw from this passage today? Tami
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