Tuesday, May 22, 2012

From a Pit to a Prison

He took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king's prisoners were held.  But the Lord was with Joseph there, too.  (Genesis 39:20,21)

   How many times have you heard or uttered, Life is Unfair?

   This could have been the cry of Joseph in Genesis 37 and 39.  Being thrown into a pit, then sold into slavery, and put into prison (none of which was his fault) is enough to make a grown man cry.  Was Joseph the only person who ever experienced unfairness?

   Moses was accused of trying to kill the Israelites with thirst -- God supplied water from a rock.  David's son Absalom tried to steal the kingdom -- God rescued David.  Daniel was thrown into the lion's den -- God shut the lion's mouths.

   Believers and unbelievers today are not exempt from false accusations and unfair treatment from the hands of a corrupt society.

   A school teacher puts his arm around a girl's shoulder to comfort her and is accused of inappropriate behavior.  A pastor refuses the attentions of a female church member only to be falsely accused of harassment.  How do we handle these unjust situations?

   The key is found in Genesis 39:21 and 23,  "The Lord with with Joseph there."  When God is with you, even a prison cell can become a place of blessing.  Praise is the key that unlocks the door of your prison cell.  Write three things that you can praise God for today.

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