When I look back at my life, I can see how many times “circumstances” effected my decisions. My “circumstances” many times, would frame my attitude, my confidence and even my physical appearance. When you are going through ‘something’, have you ever looked at yourself in a mirror? I have and was suprised at what I saw. I certainly didn’t look like I was “BLESSED“. Can others, who are around you be effected by your appearance? Can they see and know that you have The Blessing? It can make a big difference in your future relationships if there isn’t any “FRUIT” showing. When I finished our investigation in God’s Word yesterday, looking at the “ROOT“, I said we would pick up some revealing clues in Genesis 39:1-6. Evidence that will unveil how “circumstance” affects our “FRUIT” and how others will react.
Genesis 39,Verses 2-3: “BUT the Lord was with Joseph, and he [though a slave] was a successful and 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 flourish and succeed in his hand.”
We know that Joseph had acquired The Blessing previously. We also see that Joseph was in a difficult circumstance, to say the least. He was a slave in a foreign country and housed in the chief executioner’s villa. Look how The Blessing in Joseph, on Joseph and around Joseph affected his circumstance. The boss, his master saw something in him. He could see “that the Lord was with him and the Lord made all that he did to flourish and succeed in his hand.” What kind of witnesses could we be to others, if they could see in us what Potiphar saw in Joseph? Your answers to your employer’s questions, could open salvation doors and start a spiritual fire in your city. Potiphar learned that no matter where he put Joseph, there was increase; there was promotion. Now I never said that in our circumstances, there would be an easy way out. Satan wants to seduce you away from The Blessing. He doesn’t want anyone to see The Blessing. Look at Genesis 39:7 and see how the enemy can add to an existing circumstance by temptations. Have you ever wanted to give up, cave in and quit during stress and pressures in your particular situation? I sure have; many times.
“THEN after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph, and she said, Lie with me.”
Joseph refuses her offer in verses 8-9, giving her the explanation that what she wanted to do was a “sin against God“. Now we know from reading about Joseph that he was an attractive young man in Genesis 39:6. He had been brought into Potiphar’s household and put in charge of everything except, what he was to eat. A Hebrew man’s food customs were completely different from an Egyptians. And, there might have been confidence in Joseph’s duties but Potiphar didn’t want him to touch the food! Honesty, integrity, faithfulness, sobriety, and similar characteristics are genuine assets to any employer; and such are the FRUITS of Christian faith and obedience. It may even be that, because of these attributes, the employee will occasionally have opportunity to give a word of testimony to his “boss” as to the true source of The Blessing that attends his activities. Although adultery was subject to severe legal penalties in Egypt, it apparently was often tacitly condoned and was not uncommon. In my detective work this week, I found something interesting in The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris. Potiphar, to whom Joseph was sold, was captain of Pharaoh’s bodyguard, and also probably in charge of political executions ordered by Pharaoh. He is also called an “officer” of Pharaoh, the Hebrew word being saris, meaning “eunuch,” or “chamberlain.” It was evidently customary in ancient pagan countries, beginning with Sumeria, to require prominent officers associated with the king’s court to be castrated. Now finding this evidence doesn’t rationalize the circumstances that both Potiphar’s wife and Joseph find themselves in. With such an array of rationalizations easily at hand, it would have been natural to yield to the temptation presented. Now it might not sound spiritual, but God gave Joseph a 3-letter word. R-U-N! And Joseph obeyed in verse 12. If you don’t know by now, I like the “BUT’s” in God’s word. After Potiphar’s wife tells him her elaborated made up story, Joseph’s fate is sealed in verse 20. Or was it?
Verse 21, “BUT the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy and loving-kindness and gave him favor…” Joseph had the ROOT or The Blessing; his promotion or the FRUIT showed up in verse 22 and prosperity in whatever he did is seen in verse 23. How about your circumstance right now? You might have lost your job BUT…you might not be able to pay your bills BUT… While Joseph was in jail, he didn’t know he was going to be Prime Minister to Egypt. You, right now; where are you in your circumstance? Could you be 30 days, 14 days, one hour, one minute, 40 seconds away from a promotion. Don’t give up, cave in and quit! Your break through is coming. The Word of God tells us that. There is prophesy on us in God’s word. Turn to Isaiah 61:6-9:
“BUT you shall be called priests of the Lord, people will speak of you as the ministers of our God. You shall eat the wealth of the nations, and the glory [the Fruit] shall be yours. Instead of your former shame you shall have a twofold recompense; instead of dishonor and reproach [your people] shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess DOUBLE [what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy shall be theirs.”
“NO ROOT, NO FRUIT”. As believers, we must know and understand “The Blessing” as God intended it to be. Isaiah prophesied, that through our faithfulness and obedience in our adversities, we “shall have a twofold recompense…possessing DOUBLE” what we have lost! If you will NOT receive The BLESSING then you will not see The GLORY.
When we continue next week, in “The Blessing” and “The Glory“; The ROOT and the FRUIT, we will concentrate on the FRUIT. “The Origin of the Glory“.