The successful slave. Joseph has made the journey from Canaan to Egypt in the possession of the slave traders. Then he is bought by an Egyptian commander, Potiphar. Joseph could have been mad and resentful. He could have spent his time trying to convince Potiphar of his dreams and to let him go. Instead, he just gets busy doing the work. See Genesis 39:1-6.
It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph; thus the Lord’s blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field.
Genesis 39:5 NASB
Joseph kept his focus on God and because of that, God blessed everything that he touched. Potiphar was a smart leader who realized that things around Joseph prospered, so he just kept giving him things until Joseph was over it all.
I have often wondered how many businesses and departments have thrived simply because of the faith and focus on God of someone who works there. And, it doesn’t always have to be the boss. God’s hand of blessing and success is never guaranteed, but those of us who choose to consistently follow Him, understand that we are simply being obedient to Him and the results are entirely His responsibility.
Do we work as Joseph worked? With the same mindset and focus? Do we trust God for the result? Do we encourage others around us to have the same focus? Joseph was a slave, but he still kept his commitment and focus on God and Him alone.