“And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,”
- Acts 7:9
Joseph was one of the twelve sons of Jacob. He was dear to his father, because he was born of his precious wife, Rachel. The brothers of Joseph were envious of him and sold him to the Midianites. After bringing him to Egypt, these merchants sold him to Potiphar as a slave. Of course, this story sounds very depressing. Joseph was still young and far from his father’s house, all the while, his brothers pretended he was dead. They dipped his coat in lamb’s blood and told their father that it was Joseph’s Blood. Here, we will begin to see something very interesting. During this whole story, we do not find one complaint in the mouth of Joseph. He did not deserve this type of treatment. He was a peaceful man. He was abused by his brothers, the Midianites, and later by Potiphar. How did he react? Even in this dreadful situation, Joseph still maintained his integrity. He served Potiphar so well that he became the steward of his entire house. What was the secret to his success? I believe that the key is found in this verse. The Bible says, “…God was with him…”. How can we survive every problem? In fact, I don’t want to simply survive, I want to finish this battle of life decorated with medals from the Lord. How can we do this? Is God with us? Or even better, are we with Him? Do we serve Him? Do we seek to be close to Him? Do we pray, read the Bible, and go faithfully to church? In 2 Timothy 2:19, the Bible says, “…The Lord knoweth them that are his…”. Are we His?