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Twenty-two people in the Bible who had to be more patient than you: Joseph - 8 August 2023

By Xanthe Hancox

Bible text(s)

19Joseph's master was furious 20and had Joseph arrested and put in the prison where the king's prisoners were kept, and there he stayed. 21But the LORD was with Joseph and blessed him, so that the jailer was pleased with him.

Genesis 39:19-21GNBOpen in Bible reader

The life of Joseph exemplifies unwavering patience and trust in God’s plan, even in the face of adversity. Sold into slavery by his own brothers, Joseph found himself in Potiphar’s house, where he served with diligence and integrity. Yet, a false accusation led him to be unjustly imprisoned, facing the harsh reality of confinement in a place reserved for the king’s prisoners.

Joseph’s patience during his time in prison is a testament to his unwavering trust in God. He did not allow bitterness or despair to take root in his heart. Instead, he continued to serve faithfully and relied on God’s presence and favour to sustain him.

In prison, God prepared Joseph for the fulfilment of his promises. Through Joseph’s gift of interpreting dreams, God orchestrated events that would eventually lead him to a position of power and influence, second only to Pharaoh.

Joseph’s life journey echoes Psalm 37:7, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” He exemplified this principle, waiting on God’s timing and not being discouraged by setbacks or difficult circumstances. Joseph understood that God was always at work, even in the most challenging situations.

Joseph’s story teaches us that God’s faithfulness is not contingent on our circumstances. His presence and favour go with us wherever we are, even in the darkest of places. As we wait patiently for God’s promises to unfold, let us anchor our hope in his unfailing love and sovereign plan.

Prayer: Gracious Father, we thank you for the inspiring story of Joseph and his unwavering patience and trust in your plan. Teach us to remain steadfast in faith, even when faced with adversity and uncertainty. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

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