“And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison, but Jehovah was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison” (Genesis 39:20-21).
Joseph knew there would be more severe repercussions than anything his master’s wife could bring about should he lose favor with Jehovah, his God. “And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it” (Genesis 39:22). When God lets us go to prison because we have served Him, and goes there with us, prison is about the most blessed place in the world that we could be in. Joseph seems to have known that. He did not sulk and grow discouraged and rebellious because “everything was against him.” If he had, the prison-keeper would never have trusted him so. Joseph does not even seem to have pitied himself.
“The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand; because Jehovah was with him, and that which he did, Jehovah made it to prosper” (Genesis 39:23). Let us remember that if we allow self-pity to set in, it is all over—unless the self-pity is driven completely from us. Wisely, Joseph simply turned over everything in joyous trust to God, and so the keeper of the prison turned over everything to Joseph. We should pray; ‘Lord Jesus, when the prison doors of the sins of my person and the iniquity of my heart close in on me, keep my soul trusting, and keep my spirit filled with abundant joy. Prosper Thy work through me in and make me free indeed.’ Christ Jesus said: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,
When he beats his bars and would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee, But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core, But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings –
I know why the caged bird sings. Author – Paul Lawrence Dunbar
“And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound” (Genesis 40:2). Human difficulty is the perfect environment for miracles—it is the first stage of the miracle. Suddenly we realize the great miracles take place when the conditions are not difficult but impossible. The firm grasp of His children’s hands makes a desperate situation a delight to Him. Jehovah wants to rescue you, He wants to save you. Although, things may have to come to the worst with you before your deliverance, but rest assured you will be delivered. God may keep you waiting for a little while, but He is always mindful of His covenant, and will show up in the nick of time to fulfill His word.
“And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison” Genesis 40:4) . In the end we realize the simplicity and elegance in how Jehovah works out His plans with a resourcefulness that allows Him to overcome any obstacle with undying faithfulness to His trusting children, and an unrelenting steadiness in holding to His purpose. Deliverance may come through a fellow-prisoner then, another man’s dream Jehovah lifts Joseph from a prison to a premiership. The time spent in the prison improves the spiritual, mental and physical stability of Joseph the premier. The person that dedicates his life to Jehovah knows it is safe to trust His ways and timetables.
“Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name” (Psalm 63:3-4). One of our responsibilities as children of God is to give Jehovah credit for who He is and what He does. It is a careless Christian who stands under the showers of Jehovah’s blessings without recognizing them. It is an irrespon-sible Christian who recognizes Jehovah’s blessings and does not give Him the credit. Daniel recognizes Jehovah’s work and tells the king that it is Jehovah who “reveals deep and secret things,” and through this, Jehovah is glorified. We must always be alert to the blessings of Jehovah in our lives, express our gratitude to Him, and maintain our spiritual integrity wherever we may find ourselves, confined or free.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ