“The Lord was with Joseph and he was a successful man…”
This sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? God is with Joseph, and God was the reason Joseph was succeeding. That’s the life we want!
But this verse in context can cause us to question our notions of what this looks like. You see, this was stated just after Joseph was sold as a slave to an Egyptian officer. How can the Lord be with Joseph and allow him to be a slave? How can Joseph even be successful as a slave?
Throughout our studies in Genesis, we’ve seen that pain, tragedy, and difficulty come to everybody. No one is immune to these things—but that doesn’t mean that the Lord has left you…or that He loves you any less.
Remember what Jesus said…”I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
The Lord was with Joseph—even in the midst of pain and tragedy and difficulty. And in the mist of pain and tragedy and difficulty, Joseph will be successful because he understood that wherever he was and whatever he was doing, he was the Lord’s slave—he was the Lord’s servant. That is where true greatness and success is found. That is what makes true greatness and true success available to anyone and everyone who is willing to be found living according to God’s word.
No matter what life throws at you, you can serve the Lord with a glad heart knowing that He is with you.