WALKING WITH GOD
And so it was that Joseph became a slave to Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharoah, the captain of the bodyguard. Joseph might have remembered what it meant to be a slave when he thought about the slaves in his house. His family was wealthy because God had blessed them with so many flocks. He had half-brothers through the slaves of his father's wives. Instead of blaming God or became angry with God for what had happened to Him, Joseph clung to God with all His heart. He trusted God in every step of the way. He believed that if anybody could help Him in His situation, it would be God. As Joseph trusted and obeyed God, God blessed him and became a successful slave. His master saw that God was with Him because everything that He did prospered. As a result, his master promoted him as his chief slave that handles all his properties. (Genesis 39:1-6).
God did not protect Joseph from becoming a slave, and Joseph might have millions of questions about why all these things happened to him, or he might have felt that he had the reason to blame God, but he chose to move on with God. Joseph did not blame God, but he trusted his entire life in the hands of His God (the God who allowed him to lose his freedom and became a slave to Egypt). It is difficult for us to live outside of our comfort, but the safest to be in is in the center of God's will. There are times that the center of God's will is not in our comfort zone. We tried to get out of it, but the best way to handle it was not to resist but to accept our situation and trust and walk with God through it.
Joseph became the best servant in his master's house because he chose to walk with God, and in everything that he did, He did it for His God. In the same manner, we need to walk with God daily no matter what we are going through. Let us not resist God in our hardship, but let us walk with Him. Let us do what is right before God, and the next thing we know, we would experience God's blessings in the midst of our situation.
Ask yourself these questions: In view of Joseph becoming a slave, what should I do when facing hardships? What happens when I trust God in the midst of my situations? What does it mean to walk with God?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in heaven, thank you for helping me to understand that you are in control even in my hardship. Please teach me to walk with you and help me to trust you. Please give me guidance, strength, and wisdom as I face today's challenges. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.