Emenike S. F. Chikadibia:
GOD IS WITH YOU ALWAYS: "And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured" (Genesis 39:1-6).
God is with us always, even unto the end of the world. As it is written, "LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD." Beloved, If you won't remember anything else remember that GOD IS WITH YOU ALWAYS. When Jesus says, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world, He means it. He is God who is a "being with." He is with us and we are with him; He is within us and we are within Him: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, always, until the end of the age. Our God is not a God who is far away, sitting on a throne in heaven somewhere; our God is a God with us always.
Over and over with each of the main characters of the first book of the Bible, God sets forth His providential control, His foreknowledge and His predestination of everything. God walks us step by step through the doctrine of providence. He shows how it relates to our responsibility, and He shows how He uses even the evil purposes of men to further His good purposes, not only in redemption, but even in the individual lives of His people. It窶s almost like God establishing a barrier whereby we can窶t possibly go on and misinterpret the rest of the Bible, having studied Genesis where His foreordination, His providence and His foreknowledge is so clear.
Here we see God窶s hand of providence guiding Joseph窶s life and by the hatred of His brothers.
After Joseph窶s brothers sold him into slavery, the Midianites took him down to Egypt and sold him to Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites. Potiphar is called "the captain of the bodyguard," which means he was the chief executioner or chief of police. In other words, he had charge of security of the palace, with the power of life and death, under the supervision of Pharaoh.
For a moment, try to put yourself in Joseph窶s shoes. Let us assume you are seventeen years old. You are the favored son in a family of twelve sons. Your father had chosen you to be the head of the family and he had given you a beautiful robe to symbolize this fact. You are on the path to power, influence and prominence in your family. Then, in a moment of time, everything is gone. You are stripped of your coat. You are betrayed by people who should have loved you. You are separated from your father. You are sold as a slave and carried off into a strange land. Imagine the humility of being examined and sold in a slave auction. Imagine the lies Satan must have told him. Imagine how Joseph must have felt as the camels crested the last hill and the wonders of ancient Egypt spread out before him. It must have been a great culture shock to this young man from the country. On the surface it seemed that circumstances could not have been worse for young Joseph. In truth, those difficult days were mere stepping stones along the path to greater glory. It may have appeared that all Joseph窶s dreams had been shattered, but the God Who gave the dreams in the first place was working behind the scenes to ensure that they would all be fulfilled in His time.
Now, it was not a coincidence that Joseph ended up in this man窶s home. Without Joseph's knowledge, the Lord had sent him to Potiphar窶s house to prepare him for the important task which lies ahead, that of serving as the second highest official in the land of Egypt. But in order for this to happen, Joseph first had to learn the language, culture, business, and politics of Egypt. And it was not handed to him on a silver platter. He had to get up early and stay up late to do his job and also learn the Egyptian ways.
We can determine a sequence of events that culminated in Joseph窶s promotion to the second highest position of power in Potiphar窶s household. Joseph was a shepherd, so it would have been natural for him to begin his "career" in the fields of Potiphar. His master would first have observed his success in the fields. Good reports reached the ears of Potiphar, who then brought him into his house. What a lesson to be fai