Fruit of the Spirit.... Faithfulness

“Thus he (Potiphar - Joseph’s master) 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 39v6
Joseph had experienced ill-treatment, injustice and had been rejected by his own brothers. He found himself far, far from home. At just the time we would expect Joseph to be incredibly bitter, unloving and uncaring to those around him, we find that Joseph was faithful. He gained favour in the sight of his master to the point that Potiphar never once had to check that Joseph had done a job properly. He never once had to look into or question a decision that Joseph had made.
Even after Joseph was unjustly thrown into prison “…the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there it was his doing. The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did the Lord made it prosper.” Genesis 39v22-23
In order to be trusted with so much Joseph must have been consistent with absolutely everything entrusted to him. He must have faithfully dealt with the little things and with the big – treating both as equally important. He must have treated others’ belongings as he would have treated his own and dealt with responsibilities given to him by others as if they were responsibilities he had chosen for himself.
Joseph’s story is inspiring, and his faithfulness is a faithfulness worthy of our emulation. When others place something into our care do they have to check it has been done properly? Are people surprised when we change our plans at the last minute – or do they half expect that of us? Do our colleagues, teachers, friends and parents trust that whatever we do will be done well, to the best of our ability and within whatever time limit we were given? Can anyone who trusts anything to us have complete peace of mind that it is completely safe with us?
Joseph trusted that God would be faithful to him. Joseph lived trusting that God had a plan and a purpose in his unique circumstances. Joseph lived trusting that God would be with him and Joseph lived daily relying on God providing him with all the strength and the wisdom he would need. God was faithful and by God’s grace Joseph was faithful too.

By Becsy Wells

1 comment:

  1. When I read this it immediately reminded me of a children's story that I read some years ago, in which faithfulness is praised. I couldn't quite remember which Scripture verses the book quoted, so went off to look them up. Here they are:

    "As the cold of snow in time of harvest, so is a FAITHFUL messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters." (Prov. 25:13) and "Confidence in an UNFAITHFUL man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint." (Prov. 25:19). Pretty pointed...if you are unfaithful, then you are being a complete pain to those you should be helping!

    A quick look in Strong's Concordance also turned up the following:

    "He that is FAITHFUL in that which is least is FAITHFUL also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been FAITHFUL in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been FAITHFUL in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?" (Luke 16:10-12)

    "Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a FAITHFUL man who can find?"
    (Prov. 20:6)

    "A FAITHFUL man shall abound with blessings..." (Prov. 28:20)

    "Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the FAITHFUL God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations." (Deut. 7:9)

    "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith, without wavering: (for He is FAITHFUL that promised)" (Heb. 10:23)

    We would indeed be in BIG trouble if God was unfaithful with us! "Oh, yes, I just didn't get around to redeeming you. I had other things on my mind..." Our Lord is the very essence of faithfulness, trustworthy to the end. Let us strive to be like Him!


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