Presence or Position: Which do you prefer? – Part 3

Dearly beloved, I was expecting to talk about David and Saul, but as I was in thought, I sensed to start talking about Joseph, the son of Jacob and Rachel. Joseph’s story is quite fascinating to read, and there remains a lot of insight every time one reads into the Biblical context. The Bible says, as it turned out, “God was with Joseph and things went very well with him. He ended up living in the home of his Egyptian master. His master recognized that God was with him, saw that God was working for good in everything he did. He became very fond of Joseph and made him his personal aide. He put him in charge of all his personal affairs, turning everything over to him. From that moment on, God blessed the home of the Egyptian—all because of Joseph. The blessing of God spread over everything he owned, at home and in the fields, and all Potiphar had to concern himself with was eating three meals a day. Read Genesis 39:1-6 (NKJV).

Let us dig deeper into this verse of scripture, Joseph (vizier) was promoted to the highest office in Egypt to serve the Pharaoh. Let me put it in context, imagine someone appointed to become a personal assistant with power and authority to the President of a country. Anything this personal assistant says, is what goes. Now the Bible says, Joseph was a very successful, powerful, and influential man in Egypt; because God was with him. Joseph not only had immense power, he had a voice, position, but most importantly, Joseph had the Presence of God. And the Bible tells us in no un-mistakable terms, the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man. In other words, God being with Joseph authenticated and elevated his position in Egypt to such a point that Pharaoh noticed, “And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.” So all Pharaoh had to do was to eat the food that was placed before him. This is an amazing story, is it not.? In a heathen society, Joseph prospered, and I want to say to you, in whatever location you are in, the presence of God causes you and the works of your hands to prosper. Our location is not the problem, Oh no, a million times no; covet the presence and stir it up in you. Remember the Bible says, “God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as He says, the door is open.” Acts 10:34 (MSG).

Another aspect of the Joseph story, the Bible says, “…Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused. We are told from Bible commentaries that Potiphar’s wife pestered Joseph every day, yet he was kept safe, I believe it was because of God’s strong presence on him. The presence of God kept Joseph safe, in a place where he was tuned in to the Spirit of God; he was a willing participant in the process. He reverenced and honored the presence of God above all else, he was not necessarily concerned about the position, instead he was all about THE PRESENCE. Joseph chose not to abuse the position of influence and authority, instead he chose righteousness above position. There is a lot we can learn from the life of Joseph, and how God’s presence always guided and instructed him at every step. When Joseph was kept in prison because of the false accusation from Potiphar’s wife, the presence of God was with Joseph, and it elevated him to a place of position and power, even in the prison. What does this means dearly beloved? It means, no matter how low or high, God’s presence would be with you. Read Psalm 139:8.

Alan Redpath says, If you look up into His face and say, “Yes, Lord, whatever it costs,” at that moment, He’ll flood your Life with His presence and power.” Beloved, say yes to His presence, it is all we would ever need. Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your awesome presence flowing in and through every reader. I am eternally grateful, I have You in my life, Your presence is all that I need. Hallelujah, Glory to God.

We write You read Be encouraged.


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