Joseph was in the soup again. His desire to honor his master and the Lord landed him in the Pharaoh’s prison. It is in those moments that one truly questions the point. Why do I continue to follow God so closely? It always seems to land me in a place I do not want to be! But, if one believes, as Joseph did, that God was in charge and had a plan–then one would simply continue to trust and follow him no matter what the circumstances were in the background. Joseph did and before long was the head trustee of the Pharaoh’s prison.
It is like a modern green screen–the actor acts in front of it, but all he sees is a green screen. Viewers are seeing whatever pictures are projected—A country road, space shuttles, tornadoes, etc., but the actor only sees green. The actor must continue to act by faith, trusting the Director to project the actions that are truly matching what is going on behind him.
Our walks with God are the same. We will not know which circumstances will impact us. We follow God where he leads and remain content whatever is going on in the background. Amazingly, it is often harder to trust him when the green screen is calm and prosperous. That is when we usually try to take over.
We must continue to humbly and consistently follow him–Paul said it best, “I have learned to be content no matter what the circumstances are. Whether well fed or hungry; living in plenty or in want–I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me!” (Philippians 4:12-13). If we are willing to do that, then God can use us to further his plan and somehow continue to bless us in the process.
God Bless You
When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger. 20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.
But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.