Genesis 39:23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care.
We all have our own “prisons.” Circumstances where we feel trapped and you want to give up. Like… our job, financial hardships, bad relationships, school and especially when the rest of the family wants to watch Full House.
In the case of Joseph, he was wrongfully imprisoned. But instead of whining about it, he did the opposite, he was faithful. He got there and did the best he could, so much so that the warden of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners and a probably a bunch of other stuff.
We all have our own prisons where we feel trapped. Some made from circumstances beyond our control and some prisons are of our own making.
Either way it’s quite clear, faithfulness is the key. But before you think it’s our faithfulness stop for a sec. God’s faithfulness is the key. You need to realize that God is sustaining you through your prison. And he’s doing it for a reason.
Joseph had to go through prison so that he could be placed into power over Egypt later. You have to go through your prison for some reason later that God has not disclosed to you.
If God told you beforehand that you have to lose your job now so that you could have a better one later, I bet you’d be able to be a lot more faithful now. If God said you would have to go through health problems to be able to have a special ministry to the infirm, then you’d be able to be lot more faithful now.
If God said that in Episode 65 of Full House DJ would have to be wrongfully accused by Uncle Jesse of drinking at the school dance in order for the family to be brought closer together and for America to learn a valuable lesson about family relationships, maybe you wouldn’t have yelled at the TV calling those boys DJ was hanging out with, “total jerk farty faces,” and would have watched the show in faithfulness trusting in God that you and America would be better for it.
I know I harp on it a lot, but it’s just because we have such a hard time really feeling trust in God. When we know and feel that God has a plan, that he’s doing it for a good reason, then we can have more faith in Him… which leads us to acting more faithful and responsible in our own prisons.
Genesis 39:19-23 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, ‘This is how your slave treated me,’ he burned with anger.  Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison,  the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.  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.
Today’s Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness.