When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.
2 The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. 3 Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. 4 This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned. 5 From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the Lord began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished.
Good parenting is not easy, no matter where we live in the world or in which generation. It’s not difficult to spot Jacob’s lack of wisdom by giving special treatment to one child over the rest of his children. In time the whole family will pay for Jacob’s bad parenting, however in time we will see that even bad “fathering” is not beyond the reach of “the Father’s” redeeming grace (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What stands out to you in this passage and why?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life this week?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for a specific situation where you need God’s presence.
Invite the Holy Spirit into the place where you (or another) need help, guidance or peace.