Fruit of the Spirit.... Faithfulness
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