Fruit Of the Spirit, Faithfulness–Joseph

The Story of Joseph is a model of faithfulness.  His devotion to God started in His Youth and followed Him until he died at age 110.  He was never placed in a situation where God did not use him to change lives. He was a slave, a prisoner, and 2d only to Pharaoh.  In all the positions, Joseph trusted God and God blessed all that Joseph touched.

As one reviews Joseph’s life, His faithfulness stood out in every circumstance.  When Joseph saw his brothers doing nefarious stuff, he reported to his Father.  As a slave, he was put in charge of everything. As a prisoner, He was put in charge of everything.  As Prime Minister of Egypt, he was put in charge of everything.  Until His death, Joseph was put in charge of everything.  It did not matter the role; Joseph’s faithfulness was known by anyone that encountered him. 

In our lives, the great fruit that honors God is faithfulness.  It pervades the most menial of tasks and shines in the most daunting.  It is the consistent commitment to God and the submission to His leadership.  Like Joseph, there are many times things do not make sense from our perspective.  But we know God is faithful and will carry us through this life and into eternity with him if we will trust and follow Him.  We then follow God, and He completes His plan for our lives.  Thanks, Lord, for your trust and for your plan for our lives.

God Bless You


When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate…

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…

39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”

23 Joseph said to the people, “Now that I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed for you so you can plant the ground. 24 But when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children.”

25 “You have saved our lives,” they said. “May we find favor in the eyes of our lord; we will be in bondage to Pharaoh.”

26 So Joseph established it as a law concerning land in Egypt—still in force today—that a fifth of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharaoh’s.

22 Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father’s family. He lived a hundred and ten years 23 and saw the third generation of Ephraim’s children. Also the children of Makir son of Manasseh were placed at birth on Joseph’s knees.[c]

24 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” 25 And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.”

26 So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.

Published by Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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