Genesis 41: 38 “So Pharaoh asked his officials, ‘Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?’ ”
The story of Joseph is one of my favorites.
Some context for who Joseph was and some of what he endured:
Joseph was the youngest son of Jacob. Joseph was Jacob’s favorite because he was born to Jacob in his old age. Joseph had other brothers, half brothers, whom he worked in the fields with as a shepherd.
Joseph’s brothers hated him because he was their father’s favorite, and they conspired to kill him. They attacked Joseph and sold him into slavery. Upon arrival in Egypt, Joseph was favored by Potiphar and became his personal attendant. Not long after, Potiphar’s wife tempted and falsely accused Joseph of a crime that landed him in prison. He spent quite a few years there, forgotten about by the outside world.
One day, Pharaoh of Egypt calls on Joseph and asks him to interpret his dreams. Joseph, with God’s help, explains to Pharaoh that his dreams foretell a coming famine and encourages him to plan and prepare for the shortage of food. Pharaoh recognizes that God has helped Joseph interpret the dreams and installs him as second in charge, giving him authority to prepare the people and land for the coming famine.
Joseph’s journey from young shepherd boy to Pharaoh’s/ second-in-command had many surprises and setbacks filled with extended periods of waiting. But during this entire journey, God’s presence was with Joseph. What’s more is that God’s presence was observable by other people:
Genesis 39:2-3 “The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potpiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did.”
Genesis 39:21 “But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.”
Something was different about Joseph. People could see it. He stood out because the presence of God was with him.
In looking at ourselves, do we reflect Jesus? Do we stand out? Can other people see this difference? Can they see the presence of God in our lives?
If not, what can we do/change so that God’s presence is an active part of our daily life?