What the Lord’s favor will do for you

Genesis Bible Background

01.16.2018 – Old Testament: Gen 39.1–6a

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 38–40 on January 16, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

After Joseph’s brothers sold him to some Ishmaelites who were headed for Egypt, the captain of Pharaoh’s guard bought Joseph from the Ishmaelites. Things went well for him there because of the Lord’s favor, but the Lord’s favor also brought trouble,

Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field. Thus he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate… (Genesis 39.1–6).

The Lord’s favor in Joseph appealed to Potiphar and he put Joseph in charge of everything, but by putting him in Potiphar’s home, that caused a problem later with Potiphar’s wife. Even then, that later set Joseph up to experience even more blessings, but only after he had to experience more trouble.

The Lord’s favor brings good things into our lives, but it also brings troubling things, yet, if we continue to follow the Lord, we show our true godly nature through those problems.


  • Do you know how Joseph later looked at his problems?
  • Have your problems ever brought blessings?

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