October 6 | Genesis 50:15-21
Caution: God Working!
by Kristin Schoeff
Isn’t the story of Joseph inspiring – and challenging? As I read and re-read today’s
passage, I couldn’t help but feel awed by the godly character of the man who was sold
into slavery at age 17 by his own brothers, was falsely accused of attempted rape and
sent to prison, and was forgotten and left to languish in the dungeon by a man he had
helped to be restored to his position in Pharaoh’s court. Joseph remained in prison until
at age 30 he was called to interpret Pharaoh’s dream and then was raised up to the
position of Pharaoh’s right-hand man. What a turnaround!
Genesis 39:20-21 says “But while Joseph was there in prison, the Lord was with
him” and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. In Potiphar’s home, in
prison and at last in Pharaoh’s court, Joseph obtained favor wherever he went. The
Lord was at work in his life, even when it would be easy to question that.