“Now there was a young Hebrew man with us there, a servant of the captain of the guard. And we told him, and he interpreted our dreams for us; to each man he interpreted according to his own dream. (v12)
JOSEPH. Young Joseph hard to grow up fast, sold into slavery by his jealous brothers at age seventeen, he became the property of Potiphar, an Egyptian captain of the guard. Instead of being angry he worked for Potiphar with wisdom, skill and integrity, allowing the Lord to shine through his life like a beacon. He rose to become Potiphar’s household manager and trusted servant. Once again, injustice forced Joseph back into chains. Wrongfully accused of attempted rape, he was thrown into a dungeon.
From prison, Joseph attained unimaginable heights of prominence. Even more amazing was his steadfast refusal to allow bitterness to colour his life or darken his countenance. Joseph understood the hard realities of life. But also dung to the conviction that a sovereign God rules over people’s affairs. The book of Psalms sings of Joseph’s abduction, slavery and captivity. “They bruised his feet with shackles,” and “his neck was put in irons” (Psalm 105:18) As his father Jacob lay on his deathbed, he blessed Joseph saying, “Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall…the rock of Israel” (Genesis 49:22-24) Though attacked and wrongfully accused, though he endured suffering and cruelty, Joseph became fruitful beyond his dreams. Joseph teaches us that when we seek God’s kingdom first we may live content no matter our circumstances.(NIV)
PRAYER LINE: My Father, my Father, I have chosen to seek Your kingdom first. Like Joseph, make me a fruitful vine near a spring whose branches climb over a wall. Amen.
Our problems are opportunities to discover God’s solutions.