Scripture Reading: Genesis 39:1-6

“The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands.” (Genesis 39:2,3)

When we come to this chapter, Joseph is in Egypt. Instead of killing him, his brothers sold him to some Midianite traders who were traveling in a caravan to Egypt. They sold him to an Egyptian ,who was the captain of Pharaoh’s bodyguard. Joseph was 17 years old when this occurred. Joseph could have easily become bitter and begin to question God; but he did not. Instead, he trusted in his God and sought to honor Him no matter what circumstances he was in. Joseph was determined to make the best out of a difficult situation.

The chief emphasis of Joseph’s story is found in the opening words of this chapter — “The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man.” We cannot have ultimate success in our lives unless the Lord is with us. Joseph clearly understood that it was the Lord who gave him success. Even Potiphar, a pagan unbeliever, saw that the Lord was with Joseph and caused all that Joseph did to prosper (v. 3). Joseph found favor in Potiphar’s sight (v. 4), and he became Potiphar’s personal servant. Joseph served Potiphar for 11 years.

Why do you think Joseph found favor in Potiphar’s sight? I believe that Potiphar saw the character of Joseph. He was faithful, loyal, a hard worker, a man of integrity and dependable. But, the main reason was that Potiphar recognized that the Lord was with Joseph. He saw Joseph’s faith in His God.

When we consider what success is, we can learn from Joseph. The primary key to success is God’s presence in your life. We can never have genuine success without God’s presence. We must learn to acknowledge that it is the Lord who gives us success. God deserves all the credit. “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it” (Psalm 127:1).

Joseph’s primary concern was to please God at all costs. Pleasing God is far more important than pleasing man. Our goal is to love God, to seek His presence, and to honor Him in all that we do. Our commitment must be to seek the Lord’s will first in our lives and to experience His gracious presence with us. When the Lord is with us, we will find genuine success.

Lord God, I know that any successes I have experienced have come from Your good hand. Thank You for being with me and for giving me many opportunities to serve You. I desire to seek Your will first in my life and to experience Your glorious presence with me. I pray that You grant me success and I seek to serve and obey You.


One thought on “SUCCESS GOD’S WAY

  1. Phillip Kilgore says:

    thanks for lunch today Shelton. thanks as well for letting me know about your blog. I enjoyed today’s post about “any successes,” and look forward to receiving the daily emails.

    Best wishes

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