And [Joseph] was there in prison.
Prison—a far cry from the fulfillment of the great dreams God had given this young Hebrew man some 11 years ago. Far from home, far from his family, Joseph found himself all alone in an Egyptian prison. Or was he alone? Despite his current condition, Joseph still trusted God. And God was still with Joseph—who was trusted and promoted wherever he was…even in prison.
It’s in prison where we observe some remarkable characteristics of Joseph’s grit and grace as he continues to be tested and trained by God:
Tough and tender (40:8)
With all Joseph had been through, his faith was tested, tempered, and strengthened…yet he was tender to consider the condition of the butler and baker. This tough and tender combination allowed Joseph’s to step out in radical faith putting himself (and God) on the spot for the sake of others.
Faithful and focused (40:18-19)
Joseph was willing to deliver God’s word faithfully—no matter the message, no matter the man. Whether it highlighted God’s goodness or His severity, whether it gave hope or warned of difficult days, Joseph understood it was God’s word and interpretation. As a good steward, Joseph gave exactly what was given to him—without alteration for any reason.
Patient and persistent (40:23)
At the end of the chapter, we read that the butler forgot Joseph. It’s an awful feeling to be forgotten, isn’t it? Even though the Butler forgot Joseph, God had not. God was still training Joesph—even in prison. Joseph was patiently learning the lessons God was teaching him, trusting that God’s plan would eventually come to pass.
We can find ourselves in similar circumstances…on the roller coaster of life. The twists and turns in Joseph’s life were far from over, but even in an Egyptian prison he was still growing and developing into the man that God would need him to be. Learn from the life of Joseph so that like him, you can enjoy the ride as you get to know the Architect of the roller coaster more and more.