WHY BOTHER?

Scripture Reading: Genesis 39:19-23

“And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” (Genesis 39:20,21)

Joseph’s imprisonment was terribly unjust. Joseph had successfully resisted a series of very strong temptations. He was determined to honor God. But he paid a price for doing what was right. I am sure Joseph struggled with this unjust treatment. He may have said to himself, “What’s the use? Why bother? I tried to do the right thing and look where it got me.”

However, Joseph remained faithful in spite of the injustices he experienced. Joseph had learned that God uses difficulties to mold character. Though thrown into prison unjustly, Joseph continued to focus on God and to orient his life around God’s character. He didn’t complain; he never compromised; and he never lost his faith in God. He knew the Lord was with him in the good times and in times of adversity. God prospered Joseph even in his adversity. Prison strengthened Joseph’s character and witness as we will see.

Reality is that Christians may experience times of injustice because they choose to do the right thing. However, remember that God has the final word. Justice will be done. We should not be surprised when we face times of adversity, but God promises to be with us through the trials of life — “But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love.”

Not only was the Lord with Joseph, but the Lord also prospered him — “The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made him succeed” (v. 23).

The greatest act of injustice in all the history of the world was that which was done to Jesus Christ. He was sinless and perfect in every way. However, false charges were brought against Him and He was condemned to death. Yet God had a greater purpose in mind — the salvation of His people.

Why bother to do the right thing? Because Christ bothered. He paid the ultimate price for our sins. He suffered and died in our place. Why bother? Because Jesus loves us with a steadfast love. Because He loves us, we love Him in return. If we love Him we will want to obey Him (John 14:23). Why bother? Because you are not your own; you have been bought by a price (I Corinthians 6:19,20). God was with Joseph and He prospered him because Joseph did the right thing and remained faithful to the Lord.

Lord Jesus, when I consider what you have done for me, I am filled with love for you. Because I love You, I do not want to disappoint You. I want to honor you by doing the right thing in every situation. Give me the wisdom and the strength to remain faithful to you, even if I am mistreated by others. Enable me to make the right choices when I am faced with difficulties and tough situations.

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