God’s Blessings Require Spiritual Transformation–Joseph, From Slavery to an Egyptian Ruler

God’s Blessings Require Spiritual Transformation–Joseph, From Slavery to an Egyptian Ruler Devotional Reading and Podcast

Bible Reference: Genesis chapters 37-50

“Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children because he was the son of his old age. Also, he made him a tunic of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.” Genesis 37:3-4

The emotions that arise from reading the story of the teen-aged Joseph sold as a slave by his brothers is one of disbelief. Can you imagine being sold as a slave by your siblings? Who could understand the hatred in each of his brother’s hearts? Certainly, his mind was filled with disbelief and his heart experienced a level of unimaginable pain and sadness.

In reading the story of Joseph’s brothers, we realize there is nothing new under the sun. As a result of sin, hatred, and jealousy have existed in families since the creation of humanity [Cain killed his brother Abel]. When Satan creates division in the home, love and harmony no longer exist. Still, what purpose could possibly come from this heinous action?

When God’s Divine Intervention is involved, our minds will never understand His ways and thoughts. Remember, nothing comes as a surprise to God. He was fully aware of the brother’s lifelong hatred for Joseph and their decision to sell their brother as a slave. Satan’s spiritual warfare against believers is limited by Jesus Christ. Never forget that the fallen angel still must function within God’s guidelines.

Because God is love, He allowed Joseph to be comforted by the memories of Jacob’s steadfast love for him. God’s divine plans for Joseph included the blessing of leadership in a foreign land. Being sold as a slave was the beginning of Joseph’s spiritual journey of preparation to become the second in command in the land of Egypt. Throughout this story, we can see God’s plan slowly come to fruition.

And our Heavenly Father who is always in control proved His overwhelming love and intervention for Joseph.

Divine Intervention: “Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man, and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.” Genesis 39:1-4

The earthly life of a believer is riddled with many hardships and sorrows. Like Jesus, we must travel on a road of suffering. Yet, we have Divinity on our side–God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the angel armies are just a prayer away. We are never left alone or forsaken.

The Test of Faith–“So it was when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, ‘Your servant did to me after this manner,’ that his anger was aroused. Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison.” Genesis 39:19-20

Potiphar’s wife lied and accused Joseph of a sexual crime for which he was imprisoned. When tempted, Joseph remained steadfast. Although Joseph did not understand the why of his situation, he had faith and confidence in God because of his innocence and obedience.

Faith is the key that unlocks the door to courage and confidence in God when our lives are out of control. We do not have to understand God’s plan, His expectation for us is to, ” Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Despite his situation, Joseph never lost his faith, trust, and hope in God. Yes, God honors the faithfulness and courage of the righteous. There is no record of Joseph ever praying and asking God, “Why did this happen to me?” God knows that tribulation produces the transformation we need to obtain spiritual growth. Joseph’s imprisonment was part of God’s plan to shape Joseph into a powerful leader.

Divine Intervention: “But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. 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. Genesis 39:21-23

God always keeps us on a “need to know” basis. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Joseph’s story reflects the unlimited blessings that God has for the faithful who patiently wait on Him. Sadly, during our trials, many Christians become resentful, discouraged, and begin to distrust God. They do not believe the promise found in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

God says, Keep Moving Forward: “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, how it shall spring forth, Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:18-19).

God has great plans for every believer. And they are personalized plans designed to give Him honor and glory. Throughout the Bible, we read accounts of miracles and blessings beyond our finite comprehension. Trust God! His plans are perfect! God has a perfect reputation that He always maintains.

Satan desires that we have the mindset that God withholds His promises because He is punitive. The truth, we are not ready to receive our blessings. Love, faith, and obedience are the characteristics that form the foundation of our relationship with Christ. We learn to hear the Voice of God by seeking Him through dedicated worship every day. Receiving blessings requires us to be in alignment with the will of our Heavenly Father.

Every believer must travel the lifelong journey of Sanctification–to be transformed into the likeness of Christ. Through daily prayer and study of the Scriptures, we experience daily spiritual growth. God’s Omniscience gives Him the ability to know our entire lives. When Joseph achieved the level of spiritual growth that God desired then he became second in command of Egypt.

God’s priority is for us to receive eternal life. Yet, our expectation of God is to give us earthly blessings. “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3).

God desires to save our souls and Jesus is waiting to give the righteous their heavenly reward. “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work” (Revelation 22:12).

To receive earthly blessings and miss out on the heavenly reward is not in God’s plan or purpose for our lives. Many become weary in the waiting period, but that is our greatest mistake. Impatience reflects a heart filled with doubt and disobedience toward God. Then God closes the open door and we may never receive the outpouring of heaven’s greatest blessings.

Some believers choose to run ahead of God and attempt to bless themselves which always reaps consequences. Have you ever been late to an event where food was served and you missed out on most of the good food and ended up eating the scraps of what remained? The little that we give to ourselves can never compare to the miraculous blessings of our Heavenly Father.

We know how Joseph’s story ends. He patiently endured many hardships, yet, Joseph trusted God. Remaining faithful while God transformed him spiritually and intellectually brought an unexpected reward–wisdom and discernment of dreams. Yes, God used Joseph to interpret Pharoah’s dreams to manifest His Divine plan.

Although Pharoah was an unbeliever, he recognized the power of God and the gifts of discernment and wisdom given to Joseph. After enduring slavery and imprisonment, Joseph obediently persevered and received his blessing. In Genesis chapter 41, we read about Joseph’s Rise to Power.

“Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.’ And Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt'” (Genesis 41:39-41).

Strive for a clean heart and to live righteously. Trust God with your life. Remain faithful and obedient even when going through tough times.

Prayer: God, we confess that our perspective of life is misaligned with Your plans and purpose for us to live with You eternally. We ask you to search our hearts and reveal the hidden sins that are against You. Lord, we desire a spiritual transformation. We pray for guidance and the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Author: steps2successwithspiritualsolutions

It takes courage, perseverance, faith, and trust to serve God in today's unstable world. Yet, we are never alone. Pray daily and pray often. Study the Bible. The Scriptures are a Love Letter from God to those who accept Jesus as their personal Savior. You will receive comfort, knowledge, and wisdom. God says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." Jeremiah 31:3. Be blessed in Jesus' name. Amen.

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