When Troubles Overwhelm
5 December 2021 PM – Genesis 39 – Ge2021 – Scott Childs
Introduction: Think of the grief and emotional pain that Joseph experienced as he was tied up and transported to Egypt. He was the only son of Jacob who had been faithful to the Lord. He tried to do right, and now the Lord allowed his brothers to sell him into slavery. With no hope of ever seeing home or family again, he became the property of Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, a captain of the guard. Joseph had to learn a new language and a new lifestyle. He had no freedom. He had no Bible. All that he knew about God was what he learned in his youth. He could easily have turned bitter, but he chose to remain faithful to God and to work diligently.
While Genesis 39 is about Joseph’s slavery, his purity and his imprisonment, I believe the main purpose of this chapter is to teach us about God’s interaction with those who are faithful to Him. If we keep our hearts close to God, live pure lives, and work diligently, we can be sure that God will interact with us as He did with Joseph.
Transition: Note with me how God interacts with His faithful children.
God allows trials in the lives of His faithful