10 Mar prison perseverance
“He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand— but he impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.” ~ Genesis 40:21-22
Miguel made a point last night at our connect group that though Potiphar felt betrayed by Joseph apparently sleeping with his wife, Potiphar threw him in prison rather than killed him as he normally would a servant.
“Why?”, Miguel asked.
We know that Joseph had favour with the Lord everywhere he went. It was possible that Potiphar knew he had a good thing in employing Joseph as his personal attendant. Yet he still felt betrayed.
Given the cupbearer was restored to his position but the bread maker was executed, perhaps it could have also gone either way for Joseph still.
Perhaps prison was a time of testing of Joseph’s character both before God and also Potiphar.
Joseph, thankfully, went the way of the cupbearer – restored to his position. This happened after Potiphar heard a good report about Joseph’s actions and use of his God-given gifts in the prison.
Let’s be thankful we have avoided the treatment of a slave to this world – death through sin, and have instead, through Jesus taking the punishment for us, received a life sentence of slavery to God.
But also, when we find ourselves in unfavourable and seemingly unfair conditions, let’s try to persevere with and use what God has given us despite the circumstances, knowing He is a faithful Father and works all things for good.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28