- Start with a recap of last week
As we read last week, Joseph's life took a dramatic turn. He now finds himself in a foreign country, knowing no-one. In the natural it looks as though his dreams are far from reality. He gets sold to a man called Potiphar and works for him. Despite this situation, Joseph has great success and does really well. Let’s read about it below.
When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned.
From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the Lord began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing—except what kind of food to eat!
1. What can you guess was Joseph's attitude while he worked at Potiphar's house?
2. Through Joseph's life we can see that God can be trusted, even with the hard stuff. What are some things we can do to help us trust God more?
3. Even when we go through really hard times or are disappointed with how things have turned out, Joseph's life shows us we can still succeed. What do you think Joseph's success came down to?
4. To do so well at his job, Joseph must have had a positive attitude. How do you think he kept such a positive attitude?
- How does this apply to my life?
- What am I going to do this week?