There are times in life when things just seem to spiral downward without any of your own doing. It could be a bunch of smaller things that are adding up to much bigger problems, or it could be very big problems. Maybe you got the blame for something that you didn't do and it caused you to lose a friendship or a job. No matter what, when we are receiving consequences for something that was not our fault, it really hurts in so many ways. It hurts our pride and it makes us feel so vulnerable. Joseph found himself showing great integrity, but also found himself being accused in the very thing that he avoided at all costs. Please read Genesis 39:19-23 and see how God was with him even during the worst part of his life.
Notice what we are told in verse 21 - the Lord was with him and showed him His faithful love. Notice that it doesn't say that God got him out of prison and showed justice for Joseph. No, it says that Joseph remained there but God was with him there. That is so important to remember. While it had to be such a terrible and difficult place to be, God didn't rescue Joseph from the prison he was put in. In fact, for anyone who knows this story, you know that there was a much greater picture that God was looking at and He had bigger plans. But He didn't abandon Joseph in his prison, He was with him and showed him His faithful love. God's love is faithful, even when we find ourselves in a place where things just seem to keep getting worse.
For Joseph, this meant that he found favor with the prison warden and Joseph was put in charge of all the other prisoners. In fact we read something that sounds familiar...the prisoner had no worries while Joseph was in charge. We read something similar about Potiphar in Genesis 39:6, "...With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing—except what kind of food to eat!" God had blessed Joseph with an amazing gift of administration, and He was even giving Joseph the opportunity to learn how to use it while he was in Potiphar's home and while in prison.
Even when things are so difficult, we have to remember that God is with us. We have to trust the reality that He has ultimate control and knows what He is doing. We have such a limited view and we need to remember that God has the eternal view. But we can also remember that God's love is faithful and He is with us wherever we are. In fact, He has given us wonderful gifts through the Holy Spirit and He even has a purpose for them in our lowest place. God is in control and He is forever faithful.
Are you in a bad place? Do you believe that God is with you and His love is faithful?
This post is linked with On Your Heart Tuesday and Soli Deo Gloria.