In today’s reading, there was a ton of “action” to be found.
Anyone who says the Bible is boring probably hasn’t read Genesis 37, 38 and 39. In these chapters we find a group of brothers who sell their youngest brother into slavery because of jealousy; a woman who tricks her father-in-law to sleeping with her and impregnating her; and Egyptian official’s wife who tries to seduce a household servant (who also happens to be the brother who was sold into slavery).
Geesh…. so much to choose from.
The scripture I chose to highlight today, Genesis 39: 19-23 reads: 19 Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story about how Joseph had treated her. 20 So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained. 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. 22 Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. 23 The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.
Anyone who has read the Old Testament has at least some familiarity with the story of Joseph, the young brother who was first sold to some traveling traders, who then sold him into Egyptian slavery in the household of Potiphar, the captain of the Pharaoh’s guard.
What stood out to me re-reading this portion of the story was despite the enormous challenges Joseph faced; sold by his brothers, and then ending up in jail falsely accused of attempted rape – there is no mention of Joseph feeling sorry for himself or wanting to give up. Surely he must have had some of those feelings, but the Lord was with him.
We all face challenges in our lives, yet most of us won’t be falsely accused of a crime and end up in jail.
Yet in our day to day lives, we often let small and ultimately inconsequential problems bog us down.
That is why perspective is so important. The perspective as believers in Jesus – that no matter how bad thing seems, no matter how down we are – God is always with us.
Let us work to better keep that eternal perspective as we go about our (often mundane) daily lives.
Todays’ reading: Genesis 37:1-36; 38:1-30; 1 Chronicles 2:3-8; Genesis 39:1-23
Tomorrow’s reading: Genesis 40:1-23; 35:28-29; 41:1-57