by Carolyn Hope
So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained. But the LORD was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the LORD made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. (Genesis 39:20-22)
Here in Joseph’s story, we find the great setback (or so it seems). Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph and failed. He chose purity, and in turn, was thrown in prison. This is the point where many would have given up and thrown the towel in. Even in this place of imprisonment, God prospered His chosen one. In chains and darkness, amidst broken (and perhaps dangerous) people, Joseph found two things: the faithfulness of God, and the favor of the warden.
Life can get extremely frustrating. You do what is right and then are punished when you should be rewarded. Just as you thought you were making progress, you’re taken further backward than you’ve ever been. Though it’s tempting, don’t despair in these times. Here’s why: even in the deepest pit you could ever find yourself in, you can still know the faithfulness of your God and be given favor despite all odds. There is always hope in Christ. Choose to hope. Choose to believe. Choose to view your situation with eyes of faith. It will be made right. It will be okay. Now, in this moment, it can get better. Trust your Father; He will make it better, and He will meet you where you are.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe