In the place of G-d; the best place to be
Genesis 39:21-23: “But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph's authority, because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper.”
In the biblical account of the story of Joseph, we see that even under the most adverse conditions, Joseph, who was enslaved, was given authority – both by Potiphar and by the keeper of the prison - and he was trusted with that authority.
Why? Because the L-rd was with Joseph and prospered whatever he did.
But why was the L-rd with Joseph and why did the L-rd prosper whatever Joseph did?
Obviously G-d had already handpicked Joseph to fulfil His plans and purposes; however, I believe that there are other reasons as well.
Firstly, Joseph would not compromise his master, Potiphar; and Joseph would not compromise G-d.
We see this in Genesis 39:8-9 when Joseph, after being approached by Potiphar’s wife to lie with her, said to her: “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
Secondly, Joseph would not speak out against G-d or question His circumstances.
In fact, Joseph knew that he was an instrument that G-d was using for His purpose, and we see this in Genesis 50:19-20: “Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.””
What an amazing lesson this is!
Joseph did not look at his circumstances; he did not bewail his lot in life.
Here was this favoured son who was now a slave in a strange land; sold into slavery by his own brothers, unjustly accused of attempted rape, and thrown into prison for something that he was innocent of.
Yet because of his heart attitude towards his circumstances and towards G-d, never compromising his relationship with G-d, G-d elevated him to the highest position in Egypt after Pharaoh himself.
And, not only did he excel in that position, he fulfilled the purpose G-d had for his life.
How about you?
Are you content in the L-rd no matter your circumstances?
Are you compromising your relationship with G-d by complaining about your circumstances?
Are you compromising your walk with the L-rd by compromising with the world and its sinfulness?
No matter how difficult your life may seem and no matter how adverse your situation, you too can, like Joseph, look to and trust Almighty G-d. And by living righteous, blameless and holy lives, you can, like Joseph, rise up, defeat your adversities and fulfil the purpose G-d has for your life.
Don’t moan; don’t grumble; don’t compromise G-d and certainly don’t feel sorry for yourself.
Look to and trust Almighty G-d and allow Him to, despite your circumstances, be with you and prosper you in whatever you do.
And then, in His timing, He will raise you up and elevate you to the highest place in Him.
And once you are ‘in the place of G-d’, like Joseph, you will be G-d’s vessel that He will use to fulfil His purposes through you.
In the place of G-d; that’s the best place to be.