Joseph and Pharaoh
“This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”
Acts 7:9-10 “Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.”
Psalm 66:16-20 “Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!”
God loves you. If you do not have a love for sin in your heart God will hear your prayers. Those who are poor in spiritual things, those who have spiritual needs, those who love God, will be heard when they pray and God will not reject their prayers. Their prayers may not be answered immediately in the way they desire either.
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. He trusted God and continued to live according to his understanding of how God wanted him to live and God blessed all the work he did for his master. Eventually Joseph was placed as overseer for all his master’s property and God continued to bless his master and increased his wealth. The wife of his master wanted Joseph to sleep with her but he continued refusing for a long period of time. Eventually the wife told a lie saying that Joseph tried to force himself upon her. Joseph was then thrown into prison. Still Joseph trusted God.
While in prison Joseph continued to be blessed in all the work he was assigned and the jailer placed him in charge of the work the prisoners did and God gave everything an increase. After interpreting the dreams of Pharaoh’s chief baker and cup bearer he asked them to get Pharaoh to release him. He waited two more years working in prison before he was released.
We are not told how many years Joseph was a slave or how many years altogether he spent in prison. We only know that he remained faithful to God and that God in his timing and according to his will released Joseph and raised him up to rule over all Egypt under Pharaoh. God heard his prayers every day for years and accepted them because he knew in his heart Joseph loved him. He made sure all Joseph’s needs were met (food, shelter and clothing) even if his wants were not immediately satisfied.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
When we believe God and obey his commandments we can know that we may enjoy peace with him. Although our days on the earth may not be long, we know we will live with him forever in heaven. God shows us mercy in his promises and his truth in his performing or living up to them. We MUST trust in the Lord with our whole hearts and without doubting. Take comfort in the knowledge that God love you and desires his plans for you to be completed. We know that our own understanding is incomplete and as strong as a broken reed when it comes to spiritual things; if we were to lean upon it, it would fail and we will fall. Let us therefore seek God and his direction for our lives, asking him to direct our steps daily as we submit ourselves to his will for our lives. Our prayers may not be answered immediately with a “Yes” answer and we may not be released from our bondage or prisons as soon as we like. Yet we have God’s promise that he will direct our paths. In the end we know that our path shall lead to safety, goodness, peace and happiness; if not in this world then in the next. God has a plan and a purpose for each of our lives and we are called to simply place our trust in Him.