Joseph Study | Day Six
By: Brittany Green
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Yesterday Joe fled and today he’s living with the outcome.
In this study, we’re going to look at Joseph’s response to being in prison. We’ll see how God uses an innocent man—accused and thrown in prison—to point others to Him.
It’s going to be a good day!
We didn’t necessarily discuss it yesterday, but after Joseph fled temptation, he was thrown into prison. The Lord was still with Joseph and Joe continued to be faithful in the small things. He was responsible where he was at and in turn, the jail keeper put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners. What an unexpected turn of events!
Today we see a couple of examples of Joseph’s responsibility and his trust in God.
Take a moment to read Genesis 40.
I want to look specifically at verse 8 for a moment. Again we see Joseph respond to a situation with confidence and grace because he is walking with God.
He responds to the subject of dreams by saying, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.” (NIV). The New Living Translation puts it like this, “Interpreting dreams is God’s business.” And because Joseph was about God’s business, he knew that God would help him interpret these dreams. It’s like he was saying, “Yo, I can’t interpret your dreams, that’s God’s business. But I’m tight with God, so He’s using me to work on this together. Tell me your dreams.”
He could have used this situation to make himself look good. The cupbearer and baker were highly respected men in Pharaoh’s (the king’s) house. They had power and Joseph could have used that to make help get him out of prison.
But did he?
Nope! He gave the credit where it was supposed to go—to God. He directed everyone’s attention to God and acknowledged that the power to interpret dreams came from God.
Man. How often do I want myself to look good so I take the credit? Or take an opportunity to let people know that I was the one who did the good thing?
I don’t like to look dumb, but God doesn’t care if I’m superior to my peers. He doesn’t want me bragging. He wants me to give Him the glory for everything that goes on in my life.
We must always point people to Jesus. We are signposts that point to God or away from Him with everything that we do. We must always point people back to God, even when we feel that we have the best answer or performed the best.
How do we do that? We get to know God so that it’s easy to point people to Him. We dig into His Word and pray that He’ll guide our words. And then we learn to love people well so that all we want to do is get them to see Jesus.
And when we do, it might seem like we’re forgotten for the cool stuff in life – like Joe being left after the cupbearer went back to the palace. But ultimately, in God’s book, we’re not forgotten but doing what He asks us to do.
How can you use your influence, gifts, and talents to point people to Jesus?
What area of your life do you need to take a step back from and remember that God is the one who gave you those gifts?
Take time to pray for humility. Ask God to remind you that all things come from Him.
"The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
Colossians 1:15-16, NIV