Thursday, 6 March 2014

Be Like Joe

When his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, “This is what your servant did to me,” his wrath was kindled.  Genesis 39:19
 Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were bound, and he was there in custody. 21 But Yahweh was with Joseph, and showed kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.  Genesis 39:19-21

Yesterday I was greatly saddened by the news that someone I vaguely knew had been arrested.  At this point they haven't been found guilty, but there is this assumption that if they hadn't done anything wrong they wouldn't have been arrested - no smoke without fire and all that... 

I look at the story of Joseph, falsely accused by the spurned wife of Pharoah, flung in prison without the opportunity to defend his name, how easy it would have been for him to submit to bitterness, anger or hatred.  Yet he didn't. He stayed true to his God and even if prison his godliness was evident, people trusted him and God was able to continue to work through Joseph despite the difficult and undeserved conditions and he was still able to make a difference to the lives of others. Would I be so gracious, I wonder?
How would I cope with unfair treatment? Would I be too busy moaning to even ask God what he wanted me to do? 

Lent helps us to focus our minds by drawing closer to God.
To set aside our personal comfort and to seek God.
To stop feeling sorry for ourselves and whatever messes we have got into - deservedly or undeservedly.

Lord, forgive me when I have blamed others and caused them harm.
Help me to forgive myself for my thoughts and actions.
Help me to be like Joseph, and bring good, not harm to others.