Every time there is something special mentioned my friend will often respond with an English-accented, ‘O bless!’
Reference: v.20b-21 But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favour in the eyes of the prison warden. (NIV Bible)
Explore: “O, bless.” I have an English friend who says this every time someone does something nice. If I told her about something cute my daughter did she would say, ‘O bless!’ If I mentioned a nice dinner I went on with my husband she would say, ‘O bless!’ Every time there is something special mentioned she will often respond with an English-accented, ‘O bless!’ In this Genesis passage it says that God blessed Joseph. And yet, if I told my English friend that I had been sold as a slave by my brothers, became a servant of an Egyptian official, but was then thrown into prison after being framed, I’m not sure she would follow that story with an ‘O bless’!!
Application: Often we only see God’s blessing when everything is rosy. However, in Joseph’s story we see that even when Joseph was in the pit of prison God was still blessing him. It didn’t mean that he was freed immediately, he was not restored to his rightful place in his family, but God was still blessing him… right where he was. Whether we are in a place of darkness or on a throne of glory, if we are diligent in our faith then God will be with us and bless us. This blessing does not automatically come with prestige and wealth. A blessing from God comes in all different forms. We must not rule out God’s blessing just because everything is not going our way. Look at Joseph’s story and see how God blessed him, even under great trial. God’s blessing does not mean that everything will automatically go smoothly in our lives. But it can mean that good things can come from our small actions of faith and dedication.
Prayer: Lord, you bless us and you keep us. Forgive us when we don’t see your work as a blessing. Open our eyes to where you are at work in our lives. Amen.
Look back over your past week. Can you now see where God has blessed you within the every day?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.