Genesis Chapter 39:
Gen 39:1-23 KJV
(1) And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.
(2) And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
(3) And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
(4) And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
(5) And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
(6) And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.
(7) And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
(8) But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
(9) There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
(10) And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
(11) And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
(12) And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
(13) And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
(14) That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
(15) And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.
(16) And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
(17) And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
(18) And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
(19) And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.
(20) And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
(21) But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
(22) And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
(23) The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.
Thought For This Chapter…
The Lord was with him…
Gen 39:2 – And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
Gen 39:21 – But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison
For Joseph, being sold into slavery to the Egyptians by your own brothers and, later, being wrongfully accused and thrown into prison by the Egyptian ruler were two very difficult life situations to face. And yet, in spite of it all, we find that “The Lord was with him” during each of these difficult times. This made all the difference for Joseph. Even during these difficult times, the Lord’s presence in his life allowed him to be content, faithful, and blessed in all he did.
Folks, the Lord’s continuing presence in the life of His people, even during troublesome times is a promise that is found throughout the Bible. In both testaments we find this promise given to His people time and time again. Here are just a few of those verses…
Psa 23:4 KJV – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Isa 43:2 KJV – When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Rom 8:38-39 KJV – For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Heb 13:5 KJV – Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
As we face discouraging life trials and heartaches, let’s always keep in mind that, if we have placed our faith in Christ as our Lord and Savior, He promises to be with us and bless us during these times.
Because of His presence, we can rest assured that we can be faithful to Him in the midst of all our trials and will be blessed as we serve Him.
Because of His presence, we can know that all that takes place is a part of His will and will work for our good and His glory.
And finally, because of His presence, we can be certain that His love is upon us and we are eternally secure in Him.
May we all praise and honor the Lord for the blessing of His enduring presence in our lives!