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THE PRESENCE THAT PRESERVES

Genesis 39:1-2
“Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.”

Three calamities, one after the other had befallen Joseph. He had been thrown into a pit by his own brothers – the very sons of his father, while they sat down to indulge in the home delicacies he had brought them from their father. They discussed what should be done to him. They had initially muttered the idea of killing him but two among them i.e Reuben and Judah at varying times were struck by a fear and in their own ways tried to save the lad and that’s how he ended up being sold to the Ishmaelites.

This is no group you want to land on to at any given time. They are descendants of Ismael. Their group temperament was articulated when the angel met their pregnant maternal ancestor Hagar who had been sent off from Abraham and was about to give birth to this child who would be called Ismael. This is what the angel said he’d be like:

Genesis 16:12
“He will be a wild donkey of a man;
his hand will be against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
toward all his brothers.”

So, little is left to our imagination as to how that trip must have been for Joseph in the hands of this kind of people. After that tumultuous journey to who-knows-where, Joseph ends up in a slave market where he is bought by some high ranking official in Egypt and enters Portiphar’s labor camp.  Inside he feels ‘stolen’ by an evil force

Genesis 40:15a NKJV
“For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews;”

Genesis 40:15a AMP
“For truly I was carried away from the land of the Hebrews by unlawful force,”

We can only imagine what he was going through in his mind, from a loving, comfortable home to this seemingly ever deteriorating set of circumstances.

but how reassuring the appearance of that affirmation….

THE LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH, and he was a successful man.

PRAYER FOCUS:

1. Pray that no matter how deteriorating the surrounding circumstances may be, an awareness of GOD’S ever abiding presence would elevate you above despondency

2. Pray that the enabling Presence of GOD would carry you in your work. So that your performance is never dictated to by prevailing negativity

3. Pray that you will he strengthened as you ward off ‘unlawful forces’ in all areas of concern. From family to future to finances and anything in between

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