As a church family, we have been reading together through the One Year Bible. It is so fascinating to me that I can read the same book year after year and yet see something new every time--- God's word is truly living and active.
This past week we were reading the story of Joseph, and yesterday my pastor preached about temptation using the text in Genesis 39. But having started this blog about assisting, it has been amazing to see the same words of this chapter speak to me about my role and responsibilities as assistant. I wanted to share a few takeaways that stuck out to me when reading:
39 When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. 2 The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. 3 Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. 4 This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned. 5 From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the Lord began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. 6 So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing—except what kind of food to eat! Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man,
- The Lord will be with you AS YOU SERVE. Continue to bless and prefer others, and let God take care of you. (Genesis 39:2)
- Others will take notice and recognize the presence of God in you, and God will open the doors for you to have new opportunities WITHOUT YOU EVER HAVING TO PROMOTE YOURSELF. (Genesis 2:3) [Side note: Sometimes I wonder if Joseph realized at some point that when he tried to promote himself or his dreams, it lengthened the duration until the dream's fruition. For example, in his youthful immaturity, he shared a dream with his brothers that landed him in a pit. Then later in the prison, he asked the cup bearer to speak to Pharaoh on his behalf, but he forgot for a few years. I am curious if the dream would have come sooner if Joseph would have just rested and trusted that God would bring all things to pass in His time.]
- As you are proven faithful with what you have been given, EXPECT and ACCEPT more responsibility. Hear me out on this point, because this is still in the crockpot of my mind being developed, but I think it is so interesting that when Potiphar noticed Joseph's success and faithfulness with all he had be given, the result was to give him MORE RESPONSIBILITIES. This is confirmed in other scriptures that "those who are faithful with little, will be faithful with much" and "whoever has, more will be given". Sometimes I groan at the idea of having more to do and don't always consider that maybe these added responsibilities are in fact the blessing and favor of God! I haven't done the research on this one, but I imagine this is what Paul was referring to when he talks about a "special favor". The favor of God for some people is to receive gifts and blessings, while others it is added influence and responsibility. Though the former looks more appealing, the latter leaves a greater impact. (Genesis 39:4-6)
- Your favor and success will bless your leaders. The Lord blessed Potiphar's home for Joseph's sake. Know that as you make wise decisions and serve faithfully, you are blessing your boss and those around you. (Genesis 39:5)
- I want to be the kind of assistant that helps everything to run smoothly and gives my leader peace of mind! (Genesis 39:5-6)