I've met people who were kidnapped, sold and trafficked as human cargo. Their stories are unforgettable. Betrayed by someone close, sold for money, treated like a piece of property and trafficked to a foreign land.
This was the story of Joseph. And it became worse. Betrayed again and sentenced to an Egyptian prison. Considered dead by his dad, there was no hope for a rescue. It sure seems like the end of the story for a guy who was still a teenager.
Ready for another big but in the Bible?
BUT while Joseph was there in prison, the Lord was with him.
In fact the same thing is said three more times in chapter 39.
The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered......(in prison!)
The Lord was with Joseph and he gained favor in the eyes of his master....(in prison!)
The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph's care because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success........(in prison!)
Presence is one the God's great presents to his children. Like Joseph, God is with you wherever you go. I've been a lot of places but I've never once been outside of God's presence. He is portable. He goes with me wherever I go.....even to prison.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will find me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalms 139:7-10
It is mighty comforting to know that God's presence accompanies me to Mexico, the court room, the surgical unit, the pulpit, the basketball game and the deep dark woods.
Rest in His presence. Enjoy His presence. Take courage in His presence. Those who are with us are far more than those who are against us.