From “A Miniature Portrait of Joseph” by Charles Spurgeon
The truly godly man is ready for anything – he does not sigh for place, but accepts the state in which he is found – and does good it in, for the Lord’s sake. The Lord was with Joseph, none the less, when he was cast into the prison. Joseph knew God was with him in prison, and therefore he did not sit down sullenly in his sorrow, but he bestirred himself to make the best of the afflicted condition.
The biblical account of Joseph is a great example for me to study. He didn’t complain about his circumstances when he was enslaved in Potiphar’s house and taken to prison for a sin that he didn’t commit. Instead, he worked wholeheartedly at the tasks that God had for him in each situation, and God worked good from it.
Joseph probably wondered what God was planning when he was taken to prison. He may have wondered, as I sometimes do, “Couldn’t I do more for You by being able to go out into the world?” However, God was with Joseph, and He helped all of Joseph’s work to prosper. As a believer, I know that God is with me too. Although I don’t understand what He is doing with me, I will trust that what He has for me to do today is something that He will cause to prosper in a way that only He understands. Now… it’s time for me to get up and do it!
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.