As we continue through our yearlong, Blogging Through The Bible in 2020, our verse is going to come out of Genesis 39 today. Genesis 39:5 says, “So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field.”
At this point in the story, Joseph has been sold into slavery in Egypt, and he is now the servant in Potiphar’s house. Because of Joseph, God blessed Potiphar and his house. It is apparent that Joseph worked hard for his master, instead of being bitter about his circumstances. Joseph realized that he was working for the Lord, not just Potiphar. Therefore, as Joseph pleased the Lord, God blessed those around Joseph.
What a tremendous lesson we can learn from Joseph’s example here. So often we focus on our circumstances or how people treat us; however, what really matters is our attitude in any given situation. Things may not be ideal for you right now, but you can still be a blessing to those around you. The apostle Paul would write in the New Testament that we are to work “heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Col. 3:23). Once again, we see the life of Joseph pointing us to Jesus. No one had less favorable circumstances or people around Him than Jesus did. Yet, we see Jesus not get caught up in all of that. Rather, He did as He said He was going to do in the Gospel of John, “I have not come to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38). God be praised that He did the will of His Father, because it is only through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus that any of us can be saved!
By His grace and for His glory,