3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. 6 So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Genesis 39:3-6
Several times in this passage, the Lord makes it clear that he blessed Joseph and his master Potiphar. Joseph was entering a new phase in his life: the people in his life actually liked him and found value in him. Unfortunately, those relationships didn’t happen with his family.
Joseph was a witness through his actions. Potiphar saw something special in him that he liked so he favored him. Joseph had already undergone a tremendous event, two really. He was being refined. He’ll have several more of those refinings left in his life before it’s finished.
I think that’s true in our lives, though not so dramatic. We have mountains and valleys. We’d love to stay on the mountain but life interferes. In the valley is where we grow the most though we don’t want to admit it. We begin to question things and through the questioning are made more like Christ.
I don’t know if you’re in a valley or on a mountain right now – or even in a rut.