Now some time later, the cupbearer (butler) and the baker for the king of Egypt offended their lord, Egypt’s king. Pharaoh (Sesostris II) was extremely angry with his two officials, the chief of the cupbearers and the chief of the bakers. He put them in confinement in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. The captain of the guard put Joseph in charge of them, and he served them; and they continued to be in custody for some time. (Genesis 40:1-4 AMP)
Joseph is now in the prison where the King’s prisoners were confined. The LORD favoured Him in the sight of the prison guards and he was elevated to serve the other prisoners. Despite the fact that Joseph was in prison unjustly, we notice that it didn’t stop him from helping out and serving others in the prison. Instead of considering his terrible situation, Joseph put his eyes on the LORD who empowered him to help others despite needing it himself.
Unknowingly, Joseph was a good steward. We see that in Potiphar’s house where he was a slave, everything he did, God caused it to prosper to the point that Potiphar saw that the Lord was with him and caused him to prosper so he promoted him to take care of his entire home, apart from his wife. In prison, he was also favoured by the Lord, and he was put in charge of all the prisoners.
Understand that Joseph was rejected by his brothers and sold into slavery then he accused falsely by Potiphar’s wife of attempted rape and imprisoned. Joseph could have been bitter like most of us, he suffered unfairly and consistently, but instead he let go of his pain and choose to run his race with passion and determination. Joseph kept on growing in his management skill. He was a prisoner physically, but he never had a prisoner mind-set, he instead he focused on the Lord, and was set free mentally. So instead of crying about his circumstances, he grew in his gift of stewardship.
As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us. Hebrews 12:1 (TPT)
Let’s us learn from Joseph today, no matter our circumstances we should fix our eyes permanently in the LORD, not in our current circumstances. Trust in Him by casting our cares on Him instead of worrying and complaining about our situations, we should continue loving others by serving them, growing in our gifts. God is more than able to sustain us, in dry and empty places in our lives today. Let’s trust Him.
I will always show you where to go, I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places- firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. Isaiah 58:11 (MSG)
• Trust the LORD with your all your problems.
• Cast all your cares on the Lord for He cares for you.
• Go about loving people regardless of your problems by serving them your gift