But we see twice in this chapter how Joseph, with the help and guidance of God, was built back up by gaining the trust of those around him.
In verse 4:"Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned"
After this, Joseph faced some false charges and was thrown into jail, but again God was with him and he gained the trust of those above him. Verse 21: the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden
Again we see in verse 22 and 23 how things worked out for Joseph,
"So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’ s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did"
These setbacks that Joseph faced, without the help of God, would be enough to destroy any of us. I admire the character that Joseph shows time and time again. Earlier in chapter 37 Joseph has dreams sent from God that indicate what His plans are for Joseph, I'm not sure if Joseph understood fully, but he knew that there was something greater that would be happening in the future.
Do we let setbacks derail us permanently? Or even temporarily? Some of us have had to deal with major setbacks like deaths or family breakdowns, does this mean God's plan for us is over at these horrible tines in our lives? God loves us and has a plan for our lives too, as long as we're breathing God has a purpose for us here on earth. Let's continue to pray for ourselves and others who are going through dark times, God is in charge and at work in our lives.
Later in chapter 39 we see how Joseph, with the help of God, helps two other inmates, who go on to forget him... another setback... followed by a massive turnaround for the better.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Genesis 41-42