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Where was Joseph when Jesus died?

People see that the Lord is with Joseph

“The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD caused all that he did to succeed in his hands” (Genesis 39:2-3)

In his difficult circumstances, Joseph was not alone. The Lord was with him and blessed him. This was not only a personal experience of Joseph, but something that caught the attention of others around him. In all that he did, he prospered — compare Psalm 1:1-3!

Joseph had lost everything except his relationship with God. This communion with the Lord shaped his whole life! People around him perceived that there was something special about him. They saw that everything that he did, succeeded. And somehow, they understood that this had to do with the fact that God was with Joseph, even though they didn’t fear the Lord themselves.

Throughout the Bible, we read several times that people who lived closely with the Lord, were especially blessed. Others around them could see it. These were not always material blessings — we also know about people like the apostle Paul, who was pretty poor financially but nevertheless rejoiced in “the immeasurable riches” of God’s grace.

If you live closely with the Lord, this will affect your character, your world view, your words and deeds… As Jesus said: “You are the light of the world […] Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

Do people around you see that the Holy Spirit dwells in your heart and that the Lord is with you? How could this be visible in your life?

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Grietje Commelin

Grietje studied theology and mastered in Bible Translation. Next to being a mother, she supports GlobalRize by writing bible reflections and other content for GlobalRize.

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