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Loved in a Dungeon

Genesis 39:16-23

Verse 21 …the Lord was with him; He showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.

Joseph of the Old Testament had a love of God that didn’t always make him popular with those around him. His brothers despised him because of how their dad favored him and so when God blessed him with dreams about the future the brothers despised him even more. They sold him into slavery and told their dad he had been killed. Joseph was alone. His beloved father didn’t even know he was alive to come looking for him. This could have led to so much hopelessness, but Joseph wasn’t alone because of his relationship with God.

When his master’s wife starts making moves on him, Joseph knows that he wants nothing to do with her, not just because she was his master’s wife but because God was his ultimate master. No matter how hard she tried Joseph knew he had to obey God because it was God that he loved. This had to get annoying to deal with it day after day but he was faithful to God and to his master’s marriage.

This is one of those times where our love for God can help us show that love to others. When we are firm in obeying God it will affect those that we encounter. But as Joseph found out not everyone accepts that love for what it is. Just as Potiphar’s wife was showing her love for self over anyone else we will come across people who won’t appreciate our love for God because it interferes with what they want.

God rewarded Joseph for his love and showed His love and faithfulness to Joseph in return. God didn’t make it so that Joseph didn’t have to pay for the lie told about him. Instead God used the punishment to place Joseph in the place where he could be available for a promotion that would work to save God’s people from a famine and thereby fulfill Joseph’s prophetic dreams for which his brothers hated him. God used the hate of men to build a deeper love with the man He planned to use for His glory. He loves us wants to use us for His glory too.

Making It Personal

Have you ever had a time when you obeyed God but it didn’t go well with those around you? Do you regret loving God first in that moment? How did God bring you out of that time and reward you for your loving obedience?

Making It Personal Kids

Have you ever obeyed Jesus and others got mad at you because you did? Did it help you love Jesus more? Will you obey again next time?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for loving us and being there with us when it feels like we are all alone in our obedience. Give us the courage and desire to love You even when it isn’t the popular thing to do. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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