The awareness of God’s presence
Genesis 39:2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and He was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that the Lord was with him and the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. 4 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. Joseph was in a place unfamiliar to him. Out of the sight of his family. But he wasn’t out of God’s sight. When We thought he was alone that’s when God’s presence was with Him. When you think you are alone or haven’t got the people who should be around you, God wants you to recognize His presence. He wants you to know you are never alone.You are never alone, you are created by God, in God’s world, under God’s watch. He is always with you. What was the result of The Lord being with Joseph? Success .The success did not come before God’s presence. God’s presence came before the success. God made Joseph a successful man. Instead of seeking the success, we should seek God first. Because its His presence with us that will make us successful. God is the beginning and the end. Nothing comes before Him. God’s presence brings favor. But the bible also says Joseph found favor in his master’s sight. How did Joseph find favor in The master’s sight? It began with God’s presence. The master saw that God was with Joseph. The presence of God gives us favor. How do we get God’s presence? by being aware that He is always with us seeking after Him. How can we say we want a friend to go somewhere with us without asking them and knowing anything about them. Will they be called a friend? Even when Joseph got to prison, God’s presence was with him and gave him mercy and favor. Don’t ever think God’s presence is not with you in the prison, or abusive home, or foster home. God is with you and He cares. But you first have to believe He is with you and seek him. Pray, worship and read his word. (Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.) Don’t ever think God has neglected you because of what has happened or where you are. He still loves you.
He can still deliver you, He can still make a way, God’s presence will not only make us successful but give us favor.
God’s presence brings prosperity. Prosperity means happiness, good health and wealth. The Lord made all Joseph did prosper in his hand. It means good things came out of his hand. Things started to flourish when he intervened. Are we seeking after things and people to make us happy instead of God. What is our happiness based on? A new car? A partner? .Nothing and nobody is perfect. People and things can always disappoint us. Yes people and things make us happy but not only temporary. But God will never disappoint us when we hope in Him. True happiness, good health and wealth comes from Almighty God.
God wants us to seek after him first. Priorities Him. Because He is everything. Nothing would exist without Him. Not seeking after the things of the flesh.
The presence of God brings awareness of sin. When Potiphar’s wife wanted to sleep with Joseph,he did not agree to her. Joseph told her his master had given him authority over everything except his wife. But joseph didn’t say because it would displease his master. He said ” How then can i do this great wickedness and sin against God? He did not do it because it would displease God. He was aware of God’s presence and feared God.He knew everything he h had came from God including Himself.
When we realize God is always with us we won’t do things he hates infront of Him.
Because it displeases him. We also need to be grateful and be aware of how much he has done for us and how he got us where we are right now. Joseph realized how far God has brought him from being sold as a slave. So then it is wickedness to do evil to God who has done you good. He wouldn’t have had favor and authority over anything without God. So he remembered his humble beginnings.
The fact that you are in prison, or in an abusive home or in the place you didn’tq think you would ever be, doesn’t mean God is not there. God is right there where you are. He hasn’t forsaken you. But you need to be aware of Him, and spend time with Him and seek Him.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
So why seek after anything else instead of God. When we seek after God first He will be our anchor through life.