The Lesson of Joseph: God Displays Your Superpowers Wherever You Are
When we say someone is “blessed”, we look for evidence of that blessing. We look for someone in good health, plenty of money, and happy family life.
We don’t think of someone in prison.
Yet that is exactly what happened to Joseph in the Bible.
Despite not doing anything wrong (except maybe announcing that you had a dream of being a powerful leader to your brothers who hate you for being the “favorite”), we see time and time again that Joseph is put in bad situations.
He was captured by his brothers and put into a pit
He was sold into slavery.
He was falsely accused of sexual harrassment.
He helped a fellow prisoner understand a confusing dream…and was forgotten by the friend for 2 years when he needed a favor.
Yet, if you notice something….Joseph remained the same in every situation
Joseph’s work ethic and honesty led his father Jacob to make his honorary supervisor over his brothers.
Joseph’s work ethic and honesty led his slave master Potiphar to make him the overseer of his entire property
Joseph’s work ethic and honesty led his prison warden to make him the honorary leader of the prison.
The key point: No matter where Joseph was, he brought his work ethic and honesty with him.
Because of that, he remain “blessed” in every situation. He developed and refined the leadership skills in every situation: as a brother, slave, and prisoner which made him a special leader who served, rather than grabbed power.
That “blessing” also helped two nations (Egypt and the future nation of Israel) at the exact moment in time when Egypt needed a creative-thinking leader who would serve the Egyptian people and the future nature of Israel needed a leader who would help them survive a famine.
Joseph understood this, as he says in Genesis 45:8:
“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.”
Because Joseph stayed true to his path of hard work and honesty through everything, God blessed and rewarded him in everything that the path had to offer.