For some reason, Jacob (Israel) loved his eleventh son Joseph more than his other children. Maybe it was because Joseph was Rachel’s firstborn. Things took a turn for the worse for Joseph when he was about seventeen years old. The favoritism of his father coupled with the seemingly arrogant dreams that Joseph had about his own brothers pushed his brothers over the edge. In a series of challenging events Joseph ends up in the bottom of a well and then sold to a man named Potiphar in Egypt, far from the father who loved him.
But Joseph found favor with the Lord. From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the LORD began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. Even in this far away land God did not forget Joseph and He blessed the work of his hands. At times we might ask ourselves, “What in the world am I doing here?” I bet Joseph wondered that while down in the pits a few times in his life. Hold on, the story is not over yet. God is a God who redeems and blesses! The stark contrast between our darkness and His light is often the backdrop we read about in His Story as well as experience in our own lives.
God, may we be quick to turn to You when life does not make sense. Thank You for the precedent that has been set and lived over and over, that You are able to release us from the darkness of our own prisons and give beauty in place of ashes. Amen.