And when Joseph’s master heard the words of his wife, saying, “This is the way your servant treated me,” his anger burned. So Joseph’s master took him and put him in the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined; so he was there in the prison.(Genesis 39:19-23 AMP)
Today’s devotion is an amazing encouragement to strengthen yourself in the Lord, especially when everything is falling apart. We have already seen how Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and now he is been accused of rape, which he did not commit. It sure looks like it all down hill from here for Joseph. He did not even defend himself against the false accusations by Potiphar’s wife. His master took him and put him into prison. This has a striking resemblance with Jesus when He tried and led to the crucifix.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth [to complain or defend Himself]; Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before her shearers, So He did not open His mouth. (Isaiah 53:7 AMP)
For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose, since Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps. He committed no sin, nor was deceit ever found in His mouth. While being reviled and insulted, He did not revile or insult in return; while suffering, He made no threats [of vengeance], but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges fairly. (1 Peter 22: 23 AMP)
Both Joseph and our Lord Jesus Christ never defended themselves instead they trust in God who judges rightly. We should all follow in this example and exercise our faith in God especially when we don’t understand why something terrible and unfair is happening to us. Remember Christ said in this world you will have trouble, so it a guarantee that we may experience difficulties when living on this earth, but we are to take heart for He has overcome the world.
Taking heart means strengthening ourselves in the Lord, like David did when he was about to be stone by his fellow army (1 Samuel 30:6). He trusted in the Lord and sought Him. He never attempted to defend Himself He knew that, just like Joseph and our Lord, God is in control and He judges fairly so we need not attempt to defend ourselves or try to get even when something terrible is happening to you.
I want to encourage you today, to let go and let God. Just forgive those who wronged you just as Christ did for you while He died on the cross for your account. Extend the same gracious gift of forgiveness that you received from Him. Pray for you enemies and bless them as Jesus Christ commanded us to do.
• Isaiah 53:7 (AMP)
• 1 Peter 2: 22 (AMP)