God’s Word Tests Our Heart

I was pondering the life of Joseph. There was nothing recorded in Scripture about his attitude. Think with me for a moment. He was loved by his father. According to his brothers he was given preferential treatment and they hated him because of it.

Genesis 37:4 says, “…they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.” Then Joseph told them about his first dream. Verse 5 says that they hated him even more. Then he told his second dream to his brothers and his father. Verse 11 says that they envied him.

Hatred and envy are two very toxic negative emotions. Jacob sent Joseph to go look for his brothers and see how they were doing. Verses 19-20 recorded their hearts when they saw him coming to them from afar. They said, “…Look, this dreamer is coming! Come therefore, let us now kill him…”

They ended up selling Jospeh to some traders on their way to Egypt. They first stripped him of his many colored tunic. Then they dipped it in blood. When they showed it to their father, he immediately assumed that Joseph had been killed by a wild beast. They remained silent.

The traders sold Jacob to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh. Note Genesis 39:2-3. says, “The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man…And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made  all he did to prosper in his hand.”

Though Joseph was a servant, his attitude exemplified the Lord. What a challenge to us in our adverse circumstances. Joseph was set up by Potiphar’s lying wife. When her husband heard her false accusations he became angry, and put him in the king’s prison.

Even that did not affect Joseph’s attitude. Verse 21 says, “But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” The keeper then committed all the prisoners into Joseph’s hand.

Verse 23 is astounding. It says, “The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.”

That is the promise we read in Psalm 1:2-3 when we delight in God’s word and meditate on it. Verse 3 says that we will be like a verdant tree, bearing  fruit, our leaves will not wither, and “…whatever he does shall prosper.” I believe Joseph was a meditator. More tomorrow.

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