And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. Gen. 37:5
The Lord moved upon my heart this morning to write about Joseph – again! There are many, many things to learn from the account of Joseph’s life; but here we will dwell on just two.
The first is Joseph’s perseverance. Yes, Joseph persevered. By “persevered” I mean he never made a complaint concerning his sufferings. He never protested, grumbled, objected nor criticized. And the outcome of this attitude, as we see in Genesis 39:2:
“And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.”
And, in verse 29:
“But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.”
Yes, the Bible states that, everywhere Joseph went, and in every situation that he passed through, the Lord was with him. But the reason the Lord was with Joseph was because Joseph persevered and never let any of those negative attitudes listed above enter into his heart.
It is not in vain that the Bible says in Proverbs 4:23:
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
When we keep our hearts well, the Lord will be with us every step of the way. He will bless whatever we put our hands to. It is not just suffering that we must endure; but we must endure suffering with a good and patient heart. Most believers do not prosper in their spirits because they cannot endure “evil”.
[Joseph persevered and, as a result, he prospered]