The Prisoner

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.

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Fruit #7: Faithfulness

by Carolyn Hope

And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house. (Hebrews 3:1-2)

Here in Hebrews, we see two examples of faithfulness: Jesus and Moses. Jesus was faithful to His Father all his life on earth and remains faithful today. Moses likewise was faithful as a shepherd of the Israelites throughout all their wanderings in the wilderness.

Faithfulness is not an instantaneous attribute. It must be built and developed over time. Being faithful starts with day one, then day two, day three, and so on. In order to be faithful, one must make consistent choices. Faithful people are dependable and reliable; the reason they are so is that again and again, they choose to be there when you need them.

You can be faithful by being consistent and steady. Show up to work on time, every day. Keep your word to people; when you say you’ll do something, do it. Deliver your promises in the time frame you said you would. Faithfulness doesn’t require routine, though it often helps. If you’re struggling to be faithful in a certain area, try setting a specific time each day or each week to do what you need to for that. Be encouraged; you have the power to be faithful within you. Jesus, Whose Name is Faithful and True, will guide you in a life of faithfulness.

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