What happens when you have done everything right and still wrongfully accused of an unlawful act, or punished for something you did not do; or, fired for doing the right thing? Or, not believed when you are clearly telling the truth? Does this mean that it occurred because the blessing of God has disappeared from your life? No, not if you are walking in a path of righteousness. In the previous Daily entitled, Blessings Upon You, we read how God’s blessing was with Joseph, although he was a slave in his master’s house.
In the passage above, Joseph is wrongfully accused by Potiphar’s wife of an attempted rape. Unfortunately, even if Potiphar did not believe his wife, his jealousy and knowledge of his wife's seduction of Joseph would have prohibited him from once again relinquishing the reins of his household to Joseph. Feeling betrayed, confused, and angry, he throws Joseph in prison. However, not just any prison—the royal prison. Even by today’s standards, there is regular prison, with its varied population of all sorts of prisoners, and there are federal prisons. White-collar prisons so exclusive, they have been nicknamed, Club Fed, due to the many amenities available to those incarcerated. Understandably, we know the favor of God is still with Joseph, because, instead of going to the typical Hebrew slave prison, he is sent to the royal prison. A prison, where he would eventually meet a key advisor to the king; someone who would be pivotal to the prophesied blessing God planned for his life from the day of his birth.
What’s interesting is, while in prison, even the royal prison warden recognized the blessing on Joseph’s life. So much so, he placed Joseph in charge of the other prisoners. Huh? --Wasn’t Joseph himself a prisoner?
The point is, when you are blessed by God, nothing can inhibit His blessing, only you. Even when everything seems unimaginably unfair, and depressingly bleak; if you can remember to thank God for keeping you sane through the trials, and to praise Him for his favor in bringing you through it while you are still in the midst of it, then, like Joseph, you will see your victory and the continual blessing of God’s favor in your life. L.
Study Reference: Genesis 39:7-23
From: "Blessings, Even in Adversity." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living.
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