We have been talking about Joseph being a blessed to be a blessing to those around him. He prospered in Potiphar’s household. Just when it seemed like Joseph had advanced as far as he could with Potiphar, God allowed something to happen that sent Joseph to prison; only to see the prison blessed and become a better place.
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 (Genesis 39:20-23).
Was the prison a better place to work as a guard or even be a prisoner when Joseph was in charge? Somehow I think it was. The rest of the story is that Joseph’s prosperous soul and advancing mindset soon opened up the door for him to lead Egypt during a very challenging time of natural disaster. The whole nation was blessed by Joseph’s leadership. Joseph personally prospered and so those in Potiphar’s household, the prison and eventually all of Egypt prospered. We must change our thinking first and eventually the finances of our whole city and region can prosper as well.
It is amazing how historically, Christianity has brought much prosperity to society. We will look at this more closely in the next blog.