“But while Joseph was there in the prison, the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did” (Genesis 39:20-23).
- The LORD was with him…
- The LORD showed him kindness and granted him favor…
- The LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did…
That’s exactly what we would want. Right? What a life. The presence of the LORD. The kindness and favor of the LORD. The LORD giving us success in whatever we do.
That’s what God’s blessing looks like. That’s exactly the way we would draw this up.
But look at where all this is taking place.
“But while Joseph was in prison…” Not only was Joseph in prison, he was wrongly put in prison. He was framed. He did nothing wrong. Yet, he was still in prison. And he would still be in prison for years before he would be set free.
How does being wrong imprisoned for years and God’s blessing work out? How is that blessing?
Joseph’s time would come. But there were still lessons for Joseph to learn while in prison, still some chiseling of honing of character. Eventually Joseph would be set free and become the second in command only to the Pharaoh in the land of Egypt. But not yet.
The truth is, even in the most horrendous situations we can still be living in God’s blessing.
You find yourself going through a difficult time, remember Joseph. God’s still blessing you with his kindness and favor. You are not alone. You are right where God wants you to be. God is shaping and forming you for a great work.
The main question that we ought to be asking when going through a difficult time is not, “Why is this happening to me?” but “How can I glorify God in this?”
God is always with you. God’s favor and kindness is always with you. Open your eyes to see God in the place you find yourself. As you seek his glory, you will discover God’s favor and grace.