“The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master.” (Genesis 39:2)
Joseph’s life story is a tragic one, for the most part. He grew up in a large family among ten older brothers. But because his father Jacob was playing favorites, the brothers hated Joseph. When he was 17 years old, they sold him as a slave. Traders took him to Egypt and sold him there.
But the Lord had not left him. On the contrary, “the Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man” (Genesis 39:2). Sometime later, he was falsely accused of adultery and imprisoned. But again, “the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison” (Genesis 39:21).
In the end, Joseph became ruler over all the land of Egypt and saved its inhabitants from starvation during seven years of famine. Moreover, he provided for his father and brothers with their families, who would otherwise have starved as well. Joseph’s final conclusion was, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Genesis 50:20).
Both the Egyptians and the Israelites were saved by a rejected little brother who was sold as a slave to a foreign country. God works in mysterious ways!